The RSU78 school board met in person and via Zoom on January 11, 2022. Video of the board meeting, along with all presentations, are posted on the school’s website at https:/ /www.rangeleyschool.org/school-board/agendas-minutes/
Rowenna Hathaway, a secondary maths teacher, opened the meeting with a presentation of the secondary ‘project’ which was launched earlier this year in response to teachers and staff noticing student disengagement from traditional classroom learning. For the pilot year, the project is led by the students and they have chosen the theme of food. There were guest speakers and field trips in conjunction with classroom learning. Interests for the second half of the year include animals, food supply and the culinary arts.
Board chair Mary Richards acknowledged that due to remote learning, the planned staff event did not take place. Council members were able to deliver some treats to the few employees working in the building before the December break. This was in thanks for the hardworking staff and in lieu of the canceled lunch.
Principal Georgia Campbell praised the cast of Little Shop of Horrors and director Erin Smith. Additionally, she acknowledged that RLRS is the only school in Franklin County chosen to enter the WinterKids contest. The winning school takes home $10,000 for the school. The launch ceremony will take place on Friday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m. The ESR3 request has been approved, planning is underway and supplies have been ordered for the outdoor classroom.
School nurse Lindsey Savage spoke about changes to Maine CDC/DOE guidelines regarding quarantine, isolation, testing and contact tracing. A motion was made to approve testing after 5 days of isolation, re-testing on day 7 or 8 depending on material availability. The motion was carried.
Director Seth Laliberte provided updates on admission to home basketball games, Ski Tuesday’s return to Saddleback Maine, Foster Tech’s college initiative at RLRS, how RLRS staff will use the early dismissal deadline provided by Ski Tuesday and a reminder that term 2 / semester 1 closes on Friday January 14th.
Student Representative Mya Laliberte updated the board on the basketball games against Richmond the previous week, the ski team race last week at Saddleback and the upcoming race at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington.
Committee reports included updates from the Finance Committee on the start of the budget process. No action has been taken. Finance Committee meetings and minutes are posted on the school website. The facilities committee discussed the implementation of a new HVAC control system. The funds will come from the ESR/APR.
Approval has been given for students to attend the All State Music Festival at the University of Maine in Orono and the New England Music Festival in Burlington, CT.
The meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.