LIVERMORE FALLS — RSU 73 is expanding its prekindergarten classes so all 4-year-olds in the district can attend in the coming school year.

The RSU 73 board voted Thursday night to extend the position of prekindergarten teacher Kayla Brown to four days a week. That move, along with partnerships with Androscoggin Head Start, Community Concepts and Child Development Services, will provide sufficient classrooms for children to attend four half-day sessions per week.

“The important part of pre-k is that it prepares students for a good start,” Superintendent Robert Wall said.

Classrooms are in the Central Office building on Cedar Street, Community Concepts on Route 4, and the Jay middle school complex.

Wall said 85 children were served during the past year. He expects more than 100 4-year-olds to enroll for 2013-14. Parents wishing to enroll their children may call the Central Office at 897- 6722.

He said very little additional money will be needed to add more classrooms, but he did not give an amount.

In other matters Thursday night, teacher Rhonda Bean, representing the RSU 73 Education Association, read a statement calling for respect, communication, fairness, compassion, honesty and integrity from the administration.

About 50 teachers attended the board meeting.

“The welfare of our children is getting lost in the consolidation battle. The fight has been about geography and buildings. Education and its practices have taken a place in the rear flanks in the eyes of those leading the consolidation,” she read. “We teachers have been and will continue to remain, on the front lines for our children. We do it because we serve the families of Livermore, Livermore Falls and Jay.”

The district’s teachers have been working for nearly a year without a contract.

Both administration and the teachers union have been through negotiations and mediation. The union has filed for fact-finding.

Wall said he is waiting for the dates to be set for fact-finding before holding further discussions.


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