DIXFIELD – SAD 21 residents will have a chance to experience three open houses in one night when Dirigo High School, the new Dirigo Fitness Center and the relocated central district offices throw open their doors.

The events run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Parents of high school students will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the gymnasium for a short assembly, then experience a shortened version of their child’s daily class schedule.

New this year is the location of some of the high school classes, which are in a portion of the adjacent former elementary school. That group of high school classrooms is called Dirigo High School East. Included there, also, is the alternative education program.

The former elementary school is also the new home to most of the district offices, including those of the superintendent, special education director, food service director, grants office and technology offices.

It is also the site of the district’s new Dirigo Wellness Center. Two federal grants awarded to SAD 21 and SAD 43 during the past couple of years, totaling more than $1 million, resulted in the fitness center open to district residents for a small fee.

Students and staff use the fitness center free.

An intern from the University of Maine at Farmington, Kasey Darnell, will be available Thursday night to register new members. The enrollment fee ranges from $15 to $25, and the annual use fee is $150 to $250, or free for district residents over the age of 65. Members may also pay monthly, at $20, rather than annually.

The fitness center will be open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year, and 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. during vacations and summers.


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