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School board hires Caron, Dilts; hikes school lunch prices

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Members of Maine School Administrative District 33’s board Monday July 10 approved a 10 cent increase to the cost of school meals, bringing the price of a lunch at Dr. Levesque Elementary School up to $2.40, and up to $2.60 at Wisdom Middle/High School.

The price of school lunches is based largely on guidelines recommended by the state, and include things such as enrollment figures, Superintendent Lisa Bernier said Wednesday.

In other school business, the board also approved the hiring of Henry Dilts as the new social studies teacher at Wisdom and Tracy Caron as a part-time Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Dr. Levesque. Caron had previously been a special education teacher as SAD 33, up until a few years ago.

“She already has her Pre-K certification,” said Bernier. “That is so helpful.”

Board members also approved Melanie Lagasse as the district’s nutrition manager. Lagasse will oversee school lunch programs, menu selection and food safety at both Wisdom and Dr. Levesque schools.

“We’re excited. She comes to us with a lot of experience,” Bernier said.

Bernier also updated board members Monday on the status of repairs at Wisdom.

“Things are going very well,” she said Wednesday. “All the asbestos has been abated. There are still a lot of windows that need final installation.”

Renovations, which include office renovations, siding and new lockers are expected to be completed prior to start of school, Aug. 15. Teachers have a workshop that day and classes start for all students on Aug. 16.

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