Education

Board members approve new staff, start consolidation discussion

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Administrators and school board members of School Administrative District 33 discussed the possibility Monday of consolidating all the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students into a single building.

“It is just starting to be discussed again,” Superintendent Lisa Bernier said Thursday. “There is no formal committee yet.”

February last year, the idea of moving some students from Dr. Levesque Elementary School to Wisdom High School was met with skepticism from some parents.

Bernier said school board members elected to delay creating a new committee on the subject pending the outcome of St. John Valley-wide regionalization plans, which include the construction of a new high school.

“Even if that is approved, it will not happen overnight,” said Bernier. In that case, there may be a need, due to declining enrollments, to co-house all SAD 33 students in a single building until the new high school is ready.

Bernier said the idea of combining SAD 33 schools has been brought up more than once in the past several years, with a formal committee being formed about five years ago. However, the district has, up to this point, declined to take that route.

In other school business handled during a school board meeting on Aug. 7, board members approved the hiring of Christina Beaulieu as an education technician II at DLES.

Board members also approved the hiring of Aimee Holabird as the new Math teacher at WHS. Holabird will replace Angela Saucier Theriault, who took a position at Fort Kent Elementary School.

A vacant English teacher position at WHS will be filled by a substitute teacher to start the school year, according to Bernier. The superintendent said board members will once again post the vacancy following the withdrawal of an applicant they had selected.

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