OXFORD — The Oxford Hills School District has received an $8,000 gift to hire a facilitator to help formulate a vision for the district, Superintendent Rick Colpitts said.

The gift from Bob and Sandra Bahre of Paris and Alton, N.H., was accepted this week by the Oxford Hills School District board of directors.

The facilitator will oversee a committee appointed to develop a future vision for the district.

Colpitts presented to the board earlier this year a plan to create a mission statement and a vision for the school district. At that time, he said the plan would promote the current district strengths, such as quality of education and would incorporate changes that have taken place in education over the past 10 to 20 years. Those include laws that created national education standards, charter schools, supervisor evaluations and student assessments.

The groundwork was laid during the last school year through a series of some 30 forums with community leaders, parents, teachers, students and others, Colpitts said. Community-wide feedback has been continuing.

Several schools in Maine, including Portland, Winthrop and Auburn, already have developed and implemented their visions. Each vision is tailored toward the individual school district.

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