LIVERMORE FALLS — The RSU 73 board has approved the first reading of a policy that requires high school students to pass six courses in order to participate in sports.

The board also recently approved two cultural trips for high school students.

Superintendent Robert Wall said the standards set in the proposed policy for Spruce Mountain High School students are higher than required by the Maine Principals Association, which requires four passing courses.

He said Jay High School, which is now Spruce Mountain High School, required passing all courses for participation in sports or other extracurricular activities.

The board will act on final approval at its Oct. 25 meeting.

Maria Rier, a French teacher at Spruce Mountain High School, was granted permission to offer an educational exchange for about a dozen of her students with high school students from St. Georges, Quebec, in March and April next year. From March 13-17, students will visit with St. Georges High School students in their homes and classes and take a day trip to Quebec City.

From April 24-28, St. Georges High School students will visit students in their homes and classes here. A day trip to Portland is being planned.

Rier plans to combine the exchange experience with either Skowhegan or Messalonskee high schools.

Costs for the trip will be paid by students.

High school teachers Anne Weatherbee and Susan St. Pierre, who are also part of the Humanities Team, were granted permission to take up to 48 students and at least seven chaperons to a Broadway play in New York City in either April or May.

Students will either raise money or pay for their Broadway tickets and the cost of the bus. They are also required to attend a series of humanities seminars prior to the trip.

Costs for the district will be for substitute teachers.

In another matter, Wall said a study of potential classroom space in the Community Center, Spruce Mountain Middle School and Spruce Mountain High School in Jay is under way by Augusta architectural firm Bunker and Savage.

He said the results will likely be available at the Oct. 25 board meeting. The study is an effort to find sufficient classroom space so all high school students can be at one site.


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