LIVERMORE FALLS — It was with regret that the Regional School Unit 73 board of directors accepted the retirement of longtime Spruce Mountain Primary School social worker Grace Eaton at Thursday’s meeting.

Eaton’s retirement is effective Friday, Nov. 11.

Eaton has worked at the Livermore school since the merger of School Administrative District 36 and the Jay School Department into RSU 73 in 2011. Before that, she worked at the school when it was part of SAD 36.

“She’s been here a long time,”Chairperson Denise Rodzen said. “We are going to miss her.” 

Superintendent Kenneth Healey also thanked Eaton for her service to the school district.

The school board approved a May 2017 trip to Montreal by Spruce Mountain High School students.

Foreign language teacher Maria Rier, who is organizing the trip, said the students traditionally travel either to Montreal or Quebec City in the spring.

Students pay for the trip, Rier said. They will leave on a Thursday morning and return Friday evening.

In other business, RSU 73 principals provided updates on what is going on at their schools:

• At Spruce Mountain High School, students recently hosted a blood drive, Principal Thomas Plourde said. They also had Winter Olympian Julia Clukey give a speech, and hosted a craft fair last weekend. Other events include a Lego League qualifying meet for middle school students Nov. 19, and a National Honor Society induction ceremony on Nov. 21.

• At Spruce Mountain Middle School, the Student Council is holding a food drive challenge between home rooms to help local families. Principal Scott Albert said students of the winning home room will get a homework pass from one of their teachers.

• Spruce Mountain Elementary School Principal Chris Hollingsworth said his school recently had parent-teacher conferences. On Thursday, the school had a luncheon for veterans.

• Spruce Mountain Primary School hosted a special lunch for veterans on two occasions recently.

“It was a lot of fun,” Principal Kevin Harrington said. “The kids decorated everything. It was well appreciated by the vets.”

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