Funds from the grant will be used to create school programs.

OXFORD – The SAD 17 Board of Directors Monday was told that the district is receiving a grant that will allow it to set up after-school programs.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center award will provide the district $150,000 a year for three years, followed by a lesser amount for the next two years, to enhance literacy and math instruction in after-school child care programs for children in grades one to six, according to Superintendent Mark Eastman.

Eastman told the board that the district is working with Community Concepts, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and School Age Child Care programs in Harrison, Oxford and Waterford. Funds from the grant will be used to create SACC programs at the Guy E. Rowe and West Paris schools, as well as supporting the existing programs.

Eastman also told the board that another grant has been received that will provide half the funds necessary to hire a middle school health teacher. Funds for this grant were made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Department of Education and the Bureau of Health.

Eastman reported that work crews have finished tearing down material from the old fair building on OHCHS grounds and will begin rebuilding shortly.

He also commended Ron Deegan for his work on the District Safety Program. In a safety audit last week, Deegan’s work was described as “a model program.”

In a memorandum, Deegan reported that “building safety committees have been established for all district buildings.” Each committee is required to meet on a monthly basis. Goals for the program include conducting mock emergency disaster exercises at all schools in the district.

In response to Eastman’s praise, Deegan said “it was a total team effort.”

The board also recognized some of the high school’s top students.

Nine of the 12 students who make up the top 5 percent of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School’s 2003 graduating class were introduced to the board.

OHCHS Principal Joe Moore described them as “a group of young people that we’re very, very proud of.” The students, he said, have post-graduation plans ranging from attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to the study of philosophy to pre-med.

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