BANGOR, Maine — The school committee got some good news on several fronts at the body’s regular meeting Wednesday night.
Alan Kochis, director of business services for the Bangor School Department, had some of the best news of the night as he updated committee members on annual tuition revenue for the 2011-2012 school year, which at $1.3 million is about $100,000 more than the expected.
Committee member Warren Caruso reported that the Friends of Cameron Stadium group was hiring a consultant and evaluating software to help compile donations and donors lists. The nonprofit group was formed last year to secure grants and private funds with a target of $7 million. That money will be used to transform the Cameron Stadium grounds into a high quality, fully accessible athletics and wellness venue.
In other action, the committee voted to accept a donation to William S. Cohen School of 24 books valued at $204 detailing the Allagash Waterway and solicit donations of unused Legos and Lego sets to the Mary Snow School for its newly created Lego club.
In other committee-related news, longtime committee member Phyllis Shubert has received two awards for her work on behalf of Maine students and public education.
Shubert, who retired from the school board in 2010 after 24 years of service, received the Maine School Boards Association’s distinguished service award as well as the Maine School Management Association’s leadership award.
The Maine School Management Association had never given such an award before, but Shubert, who also served 22 years — four terms as president — on the Maine School Boards Association’s board of directors, deserved a special honor, according to Maine School Management Association executive director Dale Douglass at the organization’s annual fall conference.
The school committee ended its regular meeting and convened an executive session to discuss collective bargaining with staff bargaining units.