PARIS — SAD 17 Superintendent Rick Colpitts gave a presentation to the board of directors on February 4th on redefining college and career readiness for students.

One major theme to his presentation was that test scores do not always accurately represent a students readiness to enter the workforce or succeed in college.

Colpitts stated there are many other factors to a student’s success such as taking Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses. He also said a student’s attendance record is the key to success in school and in life and he noted that truancy is a serious problem in SAD 17.

One of the ways the district is combating these issues, Colpitts said, is by promoting the Oxford Hills Technical School which is training students in a number of trades for student going straight into the workforce.

In other news:

  • Jane Morse a special education teacher of 38 years is retiring effective June 30, 2019.
  • Benjamin Briton was hired as the new District Lead Mechanic. The district has been looking to hire someone for this position for two years.
  • Two new policies have been approved for their first reading including JLFA which is a policy on how staff will report sexual misconduct of any kind and JCID, which is how student protests and walkouts will be dealt with. According to the proposed policy, student protests are not permitted on campus.

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