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  • Published
    November 21, 2011

    St. George considers extending eighth-grade moratorium

    A year after Regional School Unit 13 granted the St. George School a moratorium on sending eighth-grade students to Oceanside West High School, citizens in that town are talking about extending that status. More than 40 parents, teachers and other residents attended an hour-long meeting to discuss the options available for the future. The meeting was organized by RSU 13 board members George Emery and Don ...

  • Published
    March 16, 2011

    St. George creates fund to keep eighth-grade

    St. George voters overwhelmingly approved setting aside $50,000 to support an eighth-grade teaching position at their 209th annual town meeting on March 15. Article 23 asked residents "To see what action the town wishe[d] to take concerning the education of the students of the town." Teacher and St. George Education Options Committee member Josh McPhail rose to propose that the town appropriate $50,000 for ...

  • Published
    February 28, 2011

    St. George to vote on charter changes, two select board seats

    Residents of St. George will vote on six warrant articles by secret ballot on Monday, March 14, with another 23 items to be considered in open town meeting the following night. In addition to selecting a moderator for the election, the Monday, March 14 ballot calls for citizens to elect two members of the St. George Select Board for three-year terms each. Select Board members Terry Driscoll and Fred Carey are ...

  • Published
    February 24, 2011

    St. George seeks community involvement in education decisions

    The St. George Education Options Committee will not recommend withdrawing from Regional School Unit 13 when its findings are presented to the Select Board and residents in early March. But the committee will suggest continued exploration of that option. That was the consensus reached at a two-and-a-half-hour meeting on Feb. 23. Most of the meeting was spent reviewing a draft of a slide presentation that will ...

  • Published
    January 20, 2011

    St. George seeks dialogue with RSU 13

    Members of St. George's Education Options Committee want to reconcile with the board of Regional School Unit 13. While that was the consensus of a majority of those attending a Jan. 19 meeting, it was clear that the group wants to keep its options open. The meeting began with a statement from committee Chairman Terry Driscoll. He said it was time for the group to move beyond an effort to persuade the RSU 13 ...

  • Published
    January 19, 2011

    Middle school debate: what works?

    While educators may agree that middle school can be challenging for students, there is no consensus in Maine as to what middle school really means, what grades it should comprise or even how large a middle school should be. "Everybody knows that middle school is a challenging time, socially, for kids," said David Connerty-Marin, director of communications for the Maine Department of Education. "We talk about ...

  • Published
    December 1, 2010

    St. George to school board: keep eighth grade in town

    A Dec. 2 meeting of the Regional School Unit 13 board of directors is likely to include a vote to revisit the decision to move eighth-grade students from the St. George School to a district-wide eighth and ninth grade school. Beginning in the fall of 2011, students in grades 10 through 12 are scheduled to attend Oceanside High School at the former Rockland District High School campus in Rockland. Students in ...

  • Published
    November 24, 2010

    School directors to hear St. George concerns

    The board of directors of Regional School Unit 13 will visit the town of St. George to hear about that community's concerns over a proposal to transport eighth-grade students to Thomaston, beginning in the fall of 2011. At that time, Georges Valley High School and Rockland District High School will merge. Eighth- and ninth-grade students will attend school at the Georges Valley building, and sophomores, juniors ...

  • Published
    October 14, 2010

    St. George committee seeks consensus on school options

    St. George Ad Hoc Education Options Committee Chairman Terry Driscoll said Oct. 12 that his committee is just getting organized. The committee, which was charged by the Select Board to study educational alternatives for St. George students, held its second meeting Oct. 6. Two nights earlier, the St. George Select Board voted unanimously to urge Regional School Unit 13 to delay deploying St. George eighth-graders...

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