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Madawaska school system addressing network malfunction

MADAWASKA, Maine — School department Technology Coordinator Vincent Vanier told school committee members at Monday’s meeting that a recent malfunction with the high school’s computer network “backup appliance” is being fixed.

Vanier said he was unable to determine if the failure was simply a structural failure resulting from software corruption or if it was something malicious from an outside source. Either way, said Vanier, his office is in the process of fixing the network and “fortifying” it against similar malfunctions in the future.

Vanier said he expects the repairs to be completed during the holiday school break.

No data was lost as a result of the malfunction, Vanier said.

In other school business on Monday, School Superintendent Gisele Dionne told committee members that the school department recently received a large donation of office furniture from local businessman Vincent Frallicciardi, who operates a used equipment business in town.

“These were all being given to us,” at no cost, Dionne said. “It’s an enormous amount.”

Items donated to the school and town include desks, chairs and tables, she said.

Madawaska Middle/High School Principal Wayne Anderson reported to committee members that the school’s class bell schedule has been adjusted to allow for five minutes between classes instead of two and half or three minutes.

“There were a lot of students missing class time because they were in the bathroom in between classes,” Anderson said.

Having students arrive to class late is disruptive, the principal said.

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