May 24, 2018
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SADs in Milo, Guilford, Dover-Foxcroft discuss consolidation

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

GUILFORD, Maine — SAD 4’s board of directors voted 14-4 on Tuesday to continue its participation in an ad hoc committee to pursue an alternative organizational structure with SAD 68 in Dover-Foxcroft and SAD 41 in Milo.

Two recent meetings have been held to discuss regional consolidation, one in Guilford and the other in Dover-Foxcroft. A third is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 17, at the SeDoMoCha complex.

“Many people want to make sure they really understand the AOS structure more than they do now before they make a decision,” SAD 4 Superintendent Paul Stearns said Thursday.

Stearns stressed that the ad hoc committee, which is not a regional planning committee, will explore the AOS and if it finds merit in moving forward, then a regional planning committee will be formed.

After the Legislature passed the school consolidation measure in 2008, officials in SADs 4, 68 and 41 examined administrative consolidation but had little success. They now must pay penalties for noncompliance with the law. The forming of an AOS would remove those penalties.

Because of in-district restructuring, the middle and high school choruses will be combined next year rather than separated as they have been in past years, directors learned Tuesday. Elementary chorus will be offered for grades five and six.

Stearns said the middle and high school bands would continue to operate separately. There also will be a beginning band for pupils in grade five and an elementary band for pupils in grade six, he said.

Directors also learned Tuesday that the Tri-County Executive Council has employed Jake Clockedile, a former superintendent who had worked for Maine School Management, to review the cost-sharing formula at the Tri-County Technical Center in Dexter. He will take an independent look at the formula and make suggestions on where it can be improved, Stearns said.

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