RUMFORD – SAD 43 directors voted 10-2 to suspend a Mountain Valley High School boy until the end of the school year.

The action followed a 75-minute closed session Monday night with Principal Matt Gilbert, Assistant Principal Chris Decker, and a parent and the student, Superintendent Jim Hodgkin said.

Hodgkin declined to provide the reason for the lengthy suspension, saying only that the boy had violated the district’s policy on weapons, safety and violence.

He said it was the first time this school year such discipline has been ordered by the board.

Individual principals may suspend a student for up to 10 days.

If the suspension may be longer, or if expulsion is an option, then the matter must go before the school board.

Voting against the suspension were Rumford representatives Marcia Chaisson and Diane Paterson.

The hearing was initially been listed on the agenda as an expulsion hearing. No reason was given as to why a suspension was chosen instead.


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