PARIS — Oxford Hills Technical School’s board of directors held its annual joint meeting with School Administrative District 17 and Regional School Unit 10 last Thursday. Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Principal Ted Moccia and Buckfield Junior-Senior High School Principal George Reuter from Regional School Unit 10 and several school board members from both districts attended the meeting.

SAD 17 and RSU 10 school board members and high school principals from Paris and Buckfield attended a joint meeting with Oxford Hills Tech School’s board of directors Thursday night at OHCHS’ Forum in South Paris. Nicole Carter / Advertiser Democrat

In his report to the board, OHTS Director Paul Bickford informed directors that the tech school faculty is now fully staffed.

Bickford made reference to an area behind the high school that has been designated for building technology and plumbing technology classes. Students are building a modular home in a section of OHCHS’ parking lot in partnership with KBM Builders of Paris. He invited the board to take a tour of the project to see the students in a hands-on and real-life trades setting.

Bickford also reported that OHTS staff attended a professional development workshop on Oct. 8 with other technical school instructors from across the state. Training topics included cybersecurity and a communications platform information sharing with students and parents.

The Board approved setting the tech school’s substitute teacher rate at $115 per day, as well as maintaining 180 day work schedule, rather than the 182 day schedule SAD 17 has established. The two extra days will be Jan. 18 and March 18 next year.

During the meeting, directors unanimously approved continuing a memorandum of understanding between the Board and the Oxford Hills Teachers Association for COVID related issues. The agreement will be extended through June 30, 2022.

Directors also unanimously voted to accept a $3,000 donation of gift cards from Director Ryan Ricci for 290 Main Street to be distributed to OHTS staff as a thank you for their extra efforts since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

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