RANGELEY — The School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the senior class trip to Orlando, Fla., in April.

The seven students in the class, plus two chaperons, will leave April 2 and return April 6, missing 2½ days of classes.

Senior adviser Kate Philbrick turned the presentation over to student board member Tala Ferguson, who explained that the class decided on a Universal package with personalized adjustments that would allow the group to visit Universal, MGM, and Disney parks, as well as some water parks.

The class has enough money in its fund to pay for all the students plus one chaperon. The students asked for approval to miss some class time because the parks are much more crowded during spring break, and prices, especially airline fares, are astronomically higher.

Brianna Hall, also a student board member, reported on the activities of Spirit Week at Rangeley Lakes Regional School. She said students are working together and the activities have considerably built on the first Spirit Week held last year.

Superintendent Susan Pratt named Carl Cymes to the vacant bus driver position. The board approved his hiring contingent on completion of required certification. Don Turner, the new ESL education technician, gave his two-week notice to take a teaching position in New Hampshire. Pratt said applicants will begin interviewing soon to fill the position.

Pratt also said the school will hold a flu clinic Wednesday, Oct. 23, for which parents must return permission slips. The yearly kitchen inspection took place Monday and passed, with only one note concerning light bulb covers.

Only one bid came in for fuel, but it was less than last year’s budget so the contract was awarded to SK Quality Fuels at $3.36 per gallon for heating oil, and $3.60 per gallon for kerosene.

Pratt toured the new Foster Regional Applied Technology Center at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington and reported its impressive upgrade in technology, of which Rangeley students are not yet taking advantage. She suggested the board should visit and perhaps hold its regular meeting there, which the board approved.

Steve Dudley of the Finance Committee reported that as the first quarter ends the budget still contains 75 percent of its funds, which is exactly on schedule. The committee discussed alternatives for bus repairs, and Pratt said she is emailing a questionnaire on budget goals to the board.

Ginny Nuttall of the Technology Committee said the panel is working on Internet Safety Week, as well as a Student Help Desk for students to tutor other students on computer issues.

The board approved the purchase of two new laptops for the graphics program, which has eight students and six laptops. The $2,904 for the purchase was unanimously approved to be taken from the contingency fund.

The Facilities Committee recommended having a new portable classroom in place by next fall. The committee will provide numbers and suggestions at the first board meeting in November. Future uses for the new portable classroom after the permanent expansion were discussed. Ferguson suggested combined use as athletic storage and concessions, to replace the current small concession stand.


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