School Board approves steps to give school back to Bethel
The SAD 44 School Board Monday voted to authorize Supt. Dave Murphy to begin discussions with Bethel to set up a timetable to return the Ethel Bisbee School building to the town.
“The Facilities Committee is looking at a goal of next fall, with the understanding that if it can be expedited, we will do everything we can to move in that direction,” Murphy said.
The issue of what should become of the school came to the forefront earlier this year as Bethel discussed options for recreational facilities in town. Some people suggested the EBS property.
The unheated old school has been used for storage both before and since the superintendent’s office moved to the Norway Savings Bank building several years ago.
Murphy said that over the past two years unused equipment and other items from across the district have been moved to EBS in order to have them in a central location. He said now district staff will have to review what’s there to see what might be used in other buildings, then determine if those items can be relocated right away or stored elsewhere in the short term.
The next step would be to notify district towns that SAD 44 has surplus equipment and “they would be allowed the opportunity to purchase some of that,” Murphy said.
Next in line could be an auction or a yard sale for other items, and remaining material might be turned over to state surplus or disposed of.
During that whole process SAD 44 will seek an alternate location for items to be stored.
Directors voted unanimously and with no discussion to authorize Murphy to begin discussion with Bethel Town Manager Jim Doar.
In other business at Monday’s meeting, directors approved the following personnel appointments: Jennifer Boles, K-5 art teacher; Joseph Bailey, TMS guidance counselor; Autumn Gregory, TMS English/Language Arts teacher; Heath Booth, THS half-time math teacher; and Richard Curley, AES Grade 2/3 teacher and teaching principal.
Murphy said Curley has background in small schools, most recently in Rangeley.
Also approved were appointments of teaching principals Levi Brown at CPS and Jolene Littlehale at WES.
Murphy said resignations had been accepted from Mary Learned, TMS English/Language Arts teacher; Josh Onorato, TMS PE/health teacher; and Rebecca Keen, CPS custodian.
After an executive session on a student discipline matter directors voted to readmit a Telstar High School student.