Seacoast Online MSAD 35 School Board March 18

School Board Meeting March 18th

SAD 35 moves forward with bus garage warrant

By Mark Pechenik news@seacoastonline.com March 19. 2015

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine – Approval of a bus garage warrant and the upcoming school calendar topped agenda items at the SAD 35 school district board meeting March 18.

The board approved two warrants for the construction of a new school bus garage for the district. Both will be presented to voters at the May 27 district budget meeting. Article 18 seeks the transfer of $616,000 from the district’s undesignated fund account to its capital reserve account. Article 19 seeks expenditure of those funds for the garage’s construction. Included in this total will be $205,100 for the first year of a three-year lease with Androscoggin Savings Bank to finance the garage’s building costs.

The board indicated a new garage is necessary due to the expiration of the district’s current bus garage lease in 2016. If approved by voters, the garage would be built on the grounds of Marshwood Middle School.

Board members also heard from two students involved in civic activism.

Marshwood Great Works School student Sara Riley read a letter she wrote to Town Manager Perry Ellsworth expressing concern about speeding traffic on Academy Street. Riley voiced alarm that fast driving motorists could endanger “children, adults and pets” who live on Academy Street. “They don’t even know we exist,” she said.

In response to her letter, Riley stated she and her family received an invitation from Ellsworth to “come to Town Hall and discuss concerns and solutions.”

Marshwood Great Works School Principal Jerry Brunnell praised Riley. “She is a real go getter, a great kid,” he said.

Board members also heard from Marshwood High School student Sacha Kiesman, who has been participating in the Kittery Volunteer Scribes Project. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, this initiative has enabled five Marshwood High students to interview and write the life stories of individuals living with early stage Alzheimer’s disease or similar dementias, in effect serving as volunteer scribes.

Kiesman said she became involved in the project because of her goal to become a writer. She described her experience working with two of the project’s participants, individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. “I love to travel so when I interviewed Jim, who has done a lot of traveling, I really enjoyed hearing his experiences,” she said.

Kiesman also praised her second interview subject, Patrick, a Vietnam War veteran. “He had so many stories to tell, which is important because we don’t know how much longer these veterans are going to be with us,” she said.

She added, “I really appreciated the opportunity to interview and listen to their stories. It meant a lot to me.”

The other students involved in the project are Nicole McGee, Hanna Philbrick, Chloe Hepburn and Thomas Fuller.

Finally, the district board approved the 2015-2016 school calendar. According to the calendar, school will begin Sept. 1 and, depending on snow days, end on June 8, 2016.

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