LIVERMORE FALLS — RSU 73 directors voted Thursday to eliminate the dean of students position and terminate the contract of the person in it due to budget constraints effective June 30, Superintendent Robert Wall said Friday.

The position is held by Vicki Thayer-Adams at the Spruce Mountain High School South Campus in Livermore Falls.

The board also voted to eliminate an alternative education teaching position. The teacher, Bryana Chapman, was offered another position in the district and accepted it, Wall said.

Directors also voted to reduce a full-time science position at the south campus in Livermore Falls to a half-time position due to change in local conditions.

The board also voted 8-2 to reduce a full-time industrial technology position at the Livermore Falls high school to half-time. Directors Cindy Young and Tim Madden were opposed, according to district information.

The board also voted 8-2 to notify industrial technology teacher, Rick Hulbert, that his position was reduced to half-time, Wall said. Madden and Young opposed the vote.

Directors voted 9-1 with Young opposed to reduce a physical education teaching position at the Livermore Falls campus from full-time to half-time.

Board members also voted to direct the superintendent to notify Steven Sweet that his position as a physical education teacher at the Livermore Elementary School was reduced from full-time to half-time effective in the 2012-13 year, Wall said.

Sweet had served full-time in RSU 36 for more than 20 years and in the consolidated RSU 73 in Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls for one year.

Directors also voted 9-1 with Director Jackie Knight of Livermore Falls opposed to eliminate four education technician III positions. Directors voted four education II positions. Those positions will be offered to the four education technician III employees whose positions were eliminated, Wall said.

The board also voted 8-2 with Diane Gould of Livermore and Darcie Comstock of Jay opposed to reduce a full-time pre-kindergarten position at Cedar Street Learning Center in Livermore Falls to four days a week. Students go to school four days a week but the teacher worked five days a week this year. The teacher will work four in 2012-13.

The board took no action on appointing Spruce Mountain High School North Campus Principal Gilbert “Specs” Eaton and South Campus Principal Steve Leunig to serve as interim principals of respective high schools in 2012-13, Wall said.

The board wanted to wait to see what will be decided as far the high school buildings before determining the administration makeup of the schools, he said.

In other action, the board approved administrative contracts at a 1.5 percent increase for 2012-13 to make the salaries for the following: Scott Albert, Spruce Mountain Middle School principal, $83,689.80; Chris Hollingsworth, Jay Elementary School principal, $81,539.01; Tina Collins, district special education director, $72,020.34; Wendy Nadeau, half-time assistant special director and half-time assistant principal at Livermore Elementary School, $65,813.62; and Robert Kahler, Livermore Elementary School principal, $78,682.80.

The board unanimously appointed Walter Polky of Fayette to the position of Spruce Mountain High School varsity football coach, Wall said. Polky has previously been assistant football coach at Bates College in Lewiston and Husson University in Bangor, Wall said.  

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