BUCKFIELD — The RSU 10 board Monday night overwhelmingly approved a new, three-year interlocal agreement with Rumford for use of the Hosmer Field complex.

The first year’s cost is $21,500, the second, $23,000; the third, $24,500. The contract began July 1 and ends on June 30, 2016.

RSU 10 transportation and building and grounds director Kenny Robbins said the school can use the entire complex, which is well-maintained, and includes lights for night games.

“The only things RSU 10 owns is a few nets,” he said.

The complex includes fields, tennis courts, a track and a concession stand.

Board member Bruce Ross of Dixfield said the district is “getting a very good deal.”

Most sports teams from the local high school use the complex for much of the school year.

The agreement also allows the district to store equipment and concession supplies at the complex, and directs the town to maintain insurance and provide utilities, grounds care and other expenses.

In other matters, the board granted approval for the Buckfield History Club to travel to Rome during April vacation in 2015. Cost for each student is $2,835 and for adults, $3,175, which will be paid by the participants.

A day trip to New York City for students — and, hopefully, family members — was also approved for one day during April vacation in 2014. Trip leader and gifted and talented teacher Linda Andrews said the trip is open to anyone in the district.

“We want to pull community members in,” she said.

A round trip ticket by bus is $80. Other costs, such as tickets for a Broadway show, must be paid by the participants. Also planned is a visit to the Sept. 11 Memorial.

A day trip to Boston for Hartford-Sumner Elementary School Student Council members was also approved.

Justin Marr, an educational technician at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, was hired as a social studies teacher for grades six and seven at Dirigo Middle School in Dixfield. David Phair was hired as a bus driver/custodian at Dirigo Elementary School in Peru.

Also on Monday, special services director Clarissa Errington gave a presentation on the establishment of an autism spectrum disorder team in the district. She said it will be part of a statewide initiative being created to address the needs of children with such disorders.

She said 55 children have been identified in the district as having one of the disorders; 10 of them are at Dirigo Elementary School.


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