DIXFIELD — The RSU 56 board of directors on Tuesday voted to extend school days by one hour after school vacation in February if students lose more school days to stormy weather from now until vacation week.

So far this year students have lost four school days because of storms, Superintendent Pam Doyen told the board. Each week of the hourlong extended school days will count toward making up one day, she said.

One issue for Dirigo High School is its June 7 graduation date and the possibility of that date having to be delayed to make up for school cancellations. The board also discussed the possibility of school on Saturdays to make up for the cancellations.  Doyen noted, “You have to have a certain percentage of your students attend, and you might not get it on our vacation or a Saturday.”

In other business:

* Dirigo Elementary School Principal Charlie Swan told the board that 78 percent of students have not had a single office referral for behavior issues. Twelve students (3 percent) have had seven or more office referrals because of behavior problems, and they are enrolled in a “Check-In/Check-Out” program to help to resolve their behavior issues, Swan said.

* Directors approved a three-day trip to Quebec for Dirigo High School students in May, as requested by French teacher Mary Kaubris and Mountain Valley High School French teacher Marie Lane. The students will have a guided tour of Quebec City, a self-guided tour of the Basilique Ste.-Anne de Beaupre and a tour of the Citadelle de Quebec fortress, among other activities.


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