MSAD 35 Talks Technology Improvements

By Mark Pechenik news@seacoastonline.com  Posted Aug 23, 2017  

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Preparations for the new school year and a progress report on a technology partnership with South Berwick and Eliot highlighted the SAD 35 board of directors’ meeting Wednesday.

In recounting her recent regular meeting with town officials, SAD 35 Superintendent Mary C. Nash told board members both Eliot and South Berwick are still interested in having the school district “help them manage their technology needs.”  “In particular, (the towns) are concerned about paying exorbitant fees for internet service,” she said.

One answer to this problem, according to Nash, might be to “beam internet from Central School to South Berwick Town Hall.”  Nash indicated because there is a “clear line of sight” from the Central Elementary School to Town Hall, this possible solution “looks very promising.”

However, she cautioned any technology services provided by the district would need to wait until January.

Regarding the start of the 2017-2018 school year, the board set Wednesday, Aug. 30 as opening day for faculty and staff. In addition to introducing new district teachers, this event will feature a report by Nash on technology improvements for the coming year.

Board member Fred Wildnauer said improvement projects are on schedule for the new academic year including window replacements in district schools and set-up of a new wrestling room at Marshwood High School.

Student representative Makenna James told the board a freshman orientation will take place at Marshwood High School Tuesday, Aug. 29. In addition to being informed about club and sports opportunities, ninth-graders will enjoy a cookout at the orientation.

In other business, Nash informed the board SAD 60 has signed onto the development of a cooperative hockey team with SAD 35. Efforts are underway to bring the Sanford and Kittery school systems into the team initiative, as well.

The board approved three overnight trips to Pinkham Notch in New Hampshire for the Great Works School’s fifth-grade Mountain Classroom.

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