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MSAD 33 board approves new employees, names members to Tri-District panel

ST. AGATHA, Maine — Members of the Maine School Administrative District 33 school board approved several new hires during their monthly meeting Monday.

The board unanimously approved current district ed tech Erica Crews to fill an open social studies teacher position at Wisdom Middle/High School.

The district received six applications for the post, and, before the vote, Superintendent Lisa Bernier expressed the need to hire an educator who could maintain the classroom “with consistency, continuity and discipline.”

The board also unanimously approved current substitute cook Eileen Chasse to fill a part-time position in the kitchen, and Kevin Theriault as a custodian at the St. John Valley Tech Center.

The board discussed the need for two district soccer coaches for the coming school year, one to coach girls high school varsity soccer and another to coach boys middle school soccer. Those interested in learning more about the positions should contact Wisdom Middle/High School principal Ralph Fantasia at rfantasia@msad33.org or (207) 543-7717.

Applications for the coaching positions can be found at the MSAD 33 website, and must be turned in at the MSAD 33 district office in Frenchville.

The board unanimously approved Rose McQuarrie to serve as board chairperson and Kristen Babin as vice chairperson and appointed Babin and Becky Pelletier to serve on the Tri-District regionalization governing board.

That governing board will guide the Madawaska School District, MSAD 27 and MSAD 33 as they move toward creating a unified valley district high-school, if the proposal and funding are approved by the state. The Tri-District plan is currently at the top of the list for state funding for a regional high-school.

The governing board will be made up of nine individuals — three from each school system with two being school board members and one an administrator.

Norm Cyr Jr. expressed his concerns at Monday’s meeting that the governing board members from MSAD 33 represent the district with diligence.

“It’s an important thing for all of us that we do it right for our kids and our community,” he said. “We need to make sure we don’t get bullied; we’re the small cat in the whole mix.”

Also during the July 9 meeting, the board approved a 10 cent increase in district school lunch prices. This will raise the cost of lunches to $2.50 at the Dr. Levesque Elementary School and $2.70 at Wisdom Middle/High School.

The MSAD 33 school board will meet next at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at the St. John Valley Tech Center.

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