DIXFIELD — Regional School Unit 10 attorney Richard Spencer updated the school board Monday night on the negotiations with Byron officials in their efforts to withdraw from the district.

Superintendent Craig King said he, Spencer and a subcommittee of the school board have been meeting for several months to develop a response to Byron’s proposal.

Among the components of the board’s reply are:

* If Byron holds a final vote to withdraw, the action would be effective June 30, 2016.

* Byron students would have the right to attend RSU 10 schools for school year 2016-17. After that, RSU 10 can accept students on a case-by-case basis with the town paying state-determined tuition costs.

* The costs for Byron special education students would be paid by the town.


* Byron would pay all its share of pre-existing indebtedness by RSU 10.

* The Byron board representative would not participate in the development of a 2016-17 district budget.

* Byron would pay its share of teacher salaries through the summer of 2016.

* Byron would receive its share of undesignated funds, and pay its share of food service, MaineCare, and Region 9 School of Applied Technology debt for the renovated building.

* Byron would be responsible for transporting its students to a school district.

* The Maine Department of Education would not allow Byron to withdraw from RSU 10 if that district or another does not agree to accept its students.


The proposal will go to the Byron Withdrawal Committee for its counterproposal.

In other matters, at Monday’s meeting, King told the board that Canton, Peru and Dixfield residents have voted to begin the withdrawal process. Carthage was expected to vote Tuesday night.

David Buck resigned as head coach of Dirigo High School girls’ soccer, and Joshua Shaw resigned as Dirigo Middle School soccer coach.

The board set July 27 and Aug. 10 and 24 as meeting dates. All will be held at Dirigo High School.

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