DIXFIELD — Following a lengthy discussion at Monday’s meeting, the RSU 10 board approved funding teacher leadership stipends for one more year.

Superintendent Craig King said he will work with building principals, teachers, and assistant superintendent Gloria Jenkins to determine specific job descriptions and duties required of those holding these positions.

Leadership team members help move forward curriculum work and other educational requirements.

King said Tuesday that a plan for this work over the next year will be presented at the Aug. 26 board meeting.

The board also learned Monday that RSU 10 is one of the school districts in Maine that has been named to repay MaineCare for services provided by the district’s schools.

King said the Department of Health and Human Services says $400,000 is owed.


However, RSU 10, along with the other half-dozen or so districts that have also been identified as possibly owing funds for non-eligible services, are challenging the DHHS assertion.

King said RSU 10’s lawyers, Drummond and Woodsum, are working with DHHS on the issue.

In another matter, King said the Buckfield Withdrawal Committee has 30 days to hold its first meeting.

A move was approved by a majority of voters to explore the requirements needed to withdraw from the district, if such a move is deemed beneficial to the town. One of the Buckfield board members, Jerry Wiley or Michelle Casey, will be selected at the Aug. 26 meeting to sit on the committee.

The next step would be for board Chairman Jerry Wiley, whether he is selected as the board representative or not, to initially convene the withdrawal committee. That group would then begin work on what is needed to withdraw, as well as draw up an educational plan for their town’s students if residents should vote to leave RSU 10.

Also on Monday, the resignations of Dirigo High School teacher Charlie Maddaus, physical education teacher W. Jack Rioux, Hartford/Sumner Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Angela Jordan, Meroby Elementary School kindergarten teacher Sonya Arsenault, and Rumford Elementary School guidance counselor Amelia Craven, were accepted.

New hires include Larissa Cayer as Meroby school fourth-grade teacher, Wendy Morrill as Buckfield Junior-Senior High School English teacher, and Veronica Decker as part-time art teacher at Rumford Elementary School.

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