Two cases of COVID-19 at Medomak Valley High School led to principal Linda Pease expressing concern about seniors being able to attend graduation activities.

During the Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors meeting May 6, Pease spoke about the upcoming end of the year events.

While the school has not finalized the details of the senior events, Pease said the two recent positive cases of the virus made her concerned about the possibility of seniors being told they must quarantine through graduation activities.

If she must ask any seniors to do this, Pease said, “it will not be by my choice.”

Pease said the school would offer private graduations ceremonies if this should happen.

The school and district have worked with the Maine Center for Disease Control and all close contacts have been told to quarantine.

Student representative Sean Sebrey said he really appreciates the hard work of Pease and the other administrators as they attempt to plan end of the year activities.

In other business, Superintendent Steve Nolan spoke about COVID-19 case numbers.

Nolan said unfortunately, there has been an increase in cases in both Lincoln and Knox county since schools in the district returned from April vacation.

The impact of these cases and their identified close contacts has been varied, Nolan said.

Both counties are still designated as green, which means the Center for Disease Control considers it to be safe to attend school in person.

Nolan said the district would continue to monitor the color designations for both Knox and Lincoln county and to work with the Maine Center for Disease Control to identify close contacts when a positive case occurs.

Board Chair Danny Jackson said the board would be holding interviews for a new student representative. Sebrey will be graduating with the class of 2021.

Student representative Owen Weber, who is currently a junior, will continue in his role on the board for the 2021-2022 school year.

Jackson read an email from a recent girls’ softball opponent to Athletic Director Matt Lash.

While the Medomak girls won the game, the email said their gracious attitude allowed the opponents to walk away from the loss with their heads held high.

Business Manager Karen Pike discussed the O2Prime air filtration systems that are installed in many schools. The systems were tested recently, and found to be functioning well.

Pike said that while these air filtration systems will help during COVID-19, they will also help reduce the spread of other illnesses like cold and flu.

The district continues to be short-staffed for positions such as food service workers, custodians and bus drivers, Pike said.

The board approved Terry Steinbeiser for the position of principal of Friendship Village School for the 2021-2022 school year.

This was the first meeting for new board member Angela Robinson from Friendship.