Summer school offered in SAD 46

Posted June 24, 2011, at 6:24 p.m.

DEXTER, Maine — SAD 46 is offering a summer school for children in kindergarten through grade eight who need a little additional academic help or for those who just want something to do.

More than 100 children participated in last year’s summer school and school officials believe this year’s enrollment may exceed that.

SAD 46 Superintendent Kevin Jordan said the program, which was approved last week by directors, will target as many children as possible. Teacher Brian Farrar is organizing this year’s school, he said Friday.

The summer school program started three years ago when the district had some federal stimulus funds, according to SAD 46 teacher Kirstin Briggs, who headed up last year’s summer school. She said Friday that school officials brainstormed on how best to use the funds and the idea of a summer school rose from those discussions. The thought was to not only reach children who needed extra help but to help others retain what they had learned the previous school year, she said. Enrichment activities such as music, art, theater and physical education also were added to the mix.

Briggs said the summer program has proven its worth. From testing done, most children maintained the knowledge they had while others made academic gains from the summer program, she said.

In addition to the summer program, directors at last week’s meeting approved 22 pieces of art for the Percent For Art program in the new Ridge View Community School, Jordan said Friday. The works, mostly by local artists, include bronze sculptures, pictures and oil and acrylic paintings. The selection must now be approved by the Maine Arts Commission when it meets in early July.

Approval was given to the Tri County Technical Center to dispose of a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria cruiser, four new Goodyear tires, seven file cabinets, a salad bar unit, a three-phase compressor, two Skilsaws and a cash register. It is expected that bids will be solicited for the items.

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