By Mark Pechenik firstname.lastname@example.org June 22, 2017
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Election of officers and a review of school construction projects during summer break highlighted the SAD 35 board of directors meeting Wednesday.
Board leadership will remain largely the same with chairwoman Kerri Tice and vice chairman Fred Wildnauer returning to their posts. The finance and facilities committee will again feature Fred Wildnauer, Kerri Tice and Paul Stanley. Dr. Dannen Mannschreck, Sue Berman and Joe Long will return to the education policy committee. The only committee change featured the addition of Stanley as an alternate on the negotiations committee, which will again be staffed by Wildnauer, Tice and Berman.
Tice offered gratitude for the district budget referendum, which was approved by Eliot and South Berwick voters June 13 by a vote of 1,173 to 490.
“I just want to thank all the residents of both towns who came out and supported the budget,” Tice said. “Over the past year, we’ve had some great discussions with members of the community. We listened to them and made some changes. I hope they feel the same way.”
In her report to the board, Superintendent Mary Nash summarized discussions her office was having with Eliot and South Berwick to review technology utilized by both municipalities. “The towns rely on a number of vendors right now and need a consolidated plan,” she said.
She said the district’s technology staff will “sit down and give (the towns) some recommendations to improve the quality of their tech services.”
Nash discussed a U.S. News and World Report review of the nation’s high schools that excluded Marshwood High School from its rankings. Nash said a change in metrics was responsible for this omission. However, utilizing state and independent data, it was pointed out Marshwood ranks seventh in Maine in terms of college readiness among high school students.
Janice Morrow was congratulated for winning the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year award. Rhonda Miller, an art teacher at Great Works School, was cited for winning the Maine Art Educators Association award for contributions to the community.
Tice announced the district will realize $976,853 in projected savings and $520,000 will be applied to next year’s budget with most of the remaining dollars to meet an anticipated deficit in food services.
Wildnauer reviewed maintenance upgrades planned for the summer. Among them are repairs to school roofs (excluding the high school), seal-coating of school parking lots, repairs to the girls bathroom at Central Elementary School and refurbishing windows at Marshwood Great Works School.
The board will hold meetings July 19 and Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at Marshwood High School.