Comments for: Stearns High School in Millinocket ready for influx of Chinese students

Posted Aug. 01, 2012, at 8:47 p.m.

MILLINOCKET | Stearns High School’s Chinese tuition program began with a trickle of three total students in its inaugural class last year. And although they’re not expecting a flood this fall, Millinocket school officials are expecting to see a wave perhaps more than triple the size of last year’s …

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  • Anonymous

    Influx is an interesting phrase to use. Smith is off to China  once again and the people of Millinocket didn’t pass the last budget? I guess they want more money for him to travel? “Significant Revenue stream?” I hope it is at high tide.

    • The last trip Dr. Smith took to China, he paid for it himself Bruce!!

      • Anonymous

        Last thing I heard from that trip is that he wants to be re-imbursed.

  • Anonymous

    The Chinese students I have met are real good kids. Believe it or not I got a hug from 16 year old last week because he missed his family so much.  I guess I was his momentary father.  These kids are genuine and touch your heart.

  • Anonymous

    an influx of 2 maybe more whoo hang on folks

  • Anonymous

      The best thing for Millinocket to do is consolidate with east and the next thing to do is fire Smith. If he wants to go to China, have hime get a job there. The school board can’t draw up a budget and the school is a mess. Now we have Arnold Hopkins and je see’s right thru Smith and he will be a great assest to the town of Millinocket.

    • Anonymous

      We have tried to consolidate with East for years…..it isn’t gonna happen….they don’t want to consolidate. I think Dr. Smith is doing a great job. At least he’s thinking outside of the box…something this Town needs! Keep up the good work Dr. Smith!

    • Anonymous

      Millinocket is not the problem on cosolidation, Medway and East have and are.

      • Anonymous

        Millinocket is the problem.  They don’t offer the same level of education that East is offering.  No AP classes, higher drop out rate and haven’t met AYP in years.  I believe East would consolidate now just to get away from Medway.  Greg and his cronies are a little full of themselves.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe if they consolidate that would change, but Medway is especially the problem. I think and it is my opinion if they did consolidate, the could start AP classes and other needed classes . I see Greg got his way this year with all the hearsay in the area about Medway coming to Millinocket. It sure put East in their place. It is not just the AP classes, it is attitude. I am in East and Medway enough and have listened to the talk, and it is very seldom about classes or academics. In the vast majority of cases, they do not want to send their kids, because it is Millinocket. Millinocket has bent over backwards in trying to talk to Medway and East. Their comes a point when people simply do not want to listen. We have to remember also that Millinocket’s kids would be going to Schenck for Middle School. As to why not go to Schenck, let and independant firm examine the two facilities, though we know what would be said their. Again an AP class can be started, their is no valid reason (excuse) not to consolidate. I have no problem with the Chinese coming here either. If Dr. Smith wants to go to China, let him pay for it.

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