DIXFIELD – A series of meetings for the newly approved Western Foothills School District begins Tuesday in Mexico, SAD 21 directors learned Monday night.

Superintendent Tom Ward said the sessions will encompass specific administrators from SAD 21 in Dixfield, SAD 43 in Rumford and SAD 39 in Buckfield. They include curriculum coordinators, special education directors, transportation and maintenance directors, and food service coordinators. They will discuss the needs of the consolidated system and any streamlining that could be done.

The first meeting will be held in the SAD 43 central office in Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 2, and the second will be held at the SAD 39 central office in Buckfield on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Voters in the three districts and the unaffiliated town of Hanover approved the consolidation Nov. 4. A new 17-member governing board will be elected Jan. 15. Individual school boards will continue to meet until the end of June.

In other matters, Ward said Diversity Day coordinator Norm Greenberg presented a listing of speakers and activities expected to participate at the Jan. 26 event. The annual daylong program encourages Dirigo High School students to learn about different cultures and social causes.

Ward said a list of topics will be sent home with students in advance so parents can discuss the events with their children. The board will meet Dec. 8, but not on Dec. 22 as previously scheduled.

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