PERU – SAD 21 directors will meet for the first time in the district’s new school when they hold their regular meeting on Monday.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Dirigo Elementary School.

Board members will tour the $14 million facility, which is expected to serve 360 pupils from Peru, Dixfield, Canton and Carthage when it opens in late August.

Others will have their chance to tour the new school at 6 p.m. on Aug. 21, when an open-house/ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place, said Superintendent Tom Ward.

He added that the school is 95 percent complete, with only small, last minutes jobs to complete.

Tops on the agenda is a series of personnel changes for the coming school year.

Dirigo science teacher Joe Knowlton is expected to be sent for training, then deployed to Iraq this summer. He is expected to be absent from the job he’s held for 11 years for at least the upcoming school year. This is his second deployment, Ward said.

Jenn Bolduc, an educational technician III and resident of Byron who had filled in for Knowlton when he was serving in the Army Reserves earlier, will again take over his classes.

Crystal Duguay, who has served as head teacher for Dixfield Elementary School, will be promoted to assistant principal at the new elementary school. She will also continue her position as elementary guidance counselor.

Other personnel action includes appointment of Dirigo High School graduate Dan Robinson as a seventh-grade mathematics teacher, Mary Wainwright and Tami Jamison as special education technicians, and reassignment of Erin Leathers to an eighth-grade science position at Dirigo Middle School.

Ward is expected to bring results of research on gate admission fees to sporting events and on mileage reimbursement rates. Based on a survey of area school districts, he said he would recommend that the current admission charges of $3 for adults and $1 for students remain unchanged.

He will recommend that mileage reimbursement be set at 50 cents per mile, up from 35 cents.

The July 14 board meeting will be the only meeting in July. The next meeting is set for Aug. 11.


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