YORK, Maine — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported three more positive tests for Eastern equine encephalitis in York, according to Superintendent Debra Dunn.
A mosquito pool tested positive for EEE last week, according to the CDC.
Last year, the York School District moved up the start times of games and had practices end before dusk to get students off the playing field before nightfall, when mosquitoes are more prevalent.
No similar plan is yet being considered for this year, according to Dunn.
When she made the decision last fall to change start times, York had upward of 17 positive tests of EEE from three mosquito pools, Dunn said.
“Right now the focus is on personal protection measures: repellent, clothing,” she said. “We’re taking it week by week.”
Mosquito repellent is expected to be available at the games.
School committee member John D’Aquila questioned whether there are fewer mosquitoes earlier in the day, as he has seen them at 4 p.m. as well as at dusk.
Committee member Dwight Bardwell said a person could be bitten at any time, and it would be “ridiculous to change our entire lives over the prospect of being bitten by a mosquito.”
In other business, the school committee also said it would be asking the Board of Selectmen and the community for volunteers to serve on a new auditorium feasibility study committee.
A new $5 million community-based performing arts center is on the capital plan for the May 2015 budget referendum.
The actual expense won’t be known until architects draft a plan.
Five architects have submitted responses for requests for qualifications, according to Jim Amoroso, head of finance and operations for the school district.
The firms include Harriman, Lavallee/Brensinger, Oak Point Associates, PDT Architects and Platz Associates, Amoroso said.
Members of the school committee and possibly those on the feasibility committee are expected to develop questions and interview the firms.
The selected firm would be expected to develop a plan for the auditorium, and the price to go before voters next year.