LIVERMORE FALLS — The Regional School Unit 73 board extended the contract for Superintendent Kenneth Healey through June 30, 2019, following a closed session Thursday night.

Healey had led the district, comprised of the towns of Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls, for two years.

Among his duties will be creating a 2016-17 budget in light of the 300 layoffs at Verso Paper Co.

The board is expected to begin work on that budget at its Feb. 11 meeting.

The budget adoption schedule is:

• Feb. 25, overview of the regular education accounts;

• March 10, overview of revenues;

• March 17, final board review and revenue considerations;

• March 24, board vote on the budget warrant;

• April 7, district budget meeting; and

• April 26 referendum vote.

In other matters at Thursday’s meeting, Healey said the current student enrollment is: Livermore Elementary School, 427; Jay Elementary School, 343; Spruce Mountain Middle School, 329; and Spruce Mountain High School, 412. Enrollment has been stable since the beginning of the school year.

The district is working to align its school calendar with neighboring RSU 9 in Farmington. RSU 73 vocational students attend classes at Foster Vocational School in Farmington.

Also on Thursday:

• Spruce Mountain High School Principal T.J. Plourde said two students graduated last week;

• A Holland Strong fundraiser meeting was set for 4 p.m., Feb. 9, at the high school; and

• Livermore Elementary School Principal Kevin Harrington said five teaching practicum students from the University of Maine at Farmington and Southern Maine are currently serving at his school.


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