PARIS – SAD 17 board Chairman Ron Kugell said Monday night’s session was “one of the most enjoyable meetings of the year.”

From the presentation of the top 5 percent of the Class of 2008 to a report from Destination Imagination Team, which won third place in the recent Global Competition in Tennessee, competing against teams from 49 other states and a dozen countries, SAD 17 directors saw some of the best the high school has to offer.

“It’s just incredible,” said Superintendent Mark Eastman as he presented the Destination Imagination Team, who gave a rendition of their winning presentation. Destination Imagination is the world’s largest creativity and problem-solving organization and inspires participants in all of its programs to learn the process, art and skill associated with problem solving, according to the program Web site.

The team had to create and present a theatrical performance with an original story about a myth, urban legend or folk tale, said coach Sara Reis. The story had to be set in a nation other than their team’s own.

The team chose the English folk tale of Humpty Dumpty and using different glues available during the Renaissance period they were able to scientifically prove that an egg can be put back together using a cheese glue. The students created a set, including the Tower of London, using recyclable materials to illustrate their myth. The eight-minute presentation was re-created Monday night for the school board.

In other matters, the board awarded the school supply bid to four different vendors, who each bid the lowest amount on each item, approved the nomination of Alison Brockman as math teacher at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, and approved the first reading of several new and revised policies, including advertising in schools.

Eastman reminded the board and others in attendance that the first part of the two-part SAD 17 fiscal 2009 school budget approval process will take place later this week on June 5 when town meeting voters gather at 7 p.m. in the Forum at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School to approve the budget article. At this meeting, the budget articles can be raised or lowered by voters.

On June 10, voters will meet at their town polling places to validate the budget. That will be simple a yes or no vote, he said.


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