Hartford, Sumner and Buckfield students enjoy a doggone good read

Nine-year-old Gabrielle, who has selective mutism, reads to Jasmine as part of  Hartford-Sumner Elementary School's Reading Education Assistance Dogs program, which helps improve children's communication and reading skills.

SUMNER — It’s hard to tell that 9-year-old Gabrielle —who’s reading “Pony Pals: Pony to the Rescue” out loud with ease —has selective mutism and sometimes can’t speak at school or in other social settings because of a childhood anxiety disorder. It’s late Friday morning and Gabrielle sits cross-legged on top of a blanket on the […]

Buckfield students get musical with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ this weekend

Maurice, played by Buckfield High School freshman Andrew Warren, speaks to his daughter, Belle, portrayed by sophomore Laney Randolf, during last week's partial dress rehearsal for the upcoming production of "Beauty and the Beast," set for the first two weekends in April.

BUCKFIELD — Roughly 40 students crowd around elongated clothing racks, searching for their outfits, as one high schooler walks by, carrying his shirt and proclaiming in a British accent, “I need pantaloons.” It’s a normal Friday afternoon in the Buckfield High School cafeteria, where the cast ranging from first through 12th grade is gathered for a […]

Roberts Farm open for school vacation week

NORWAY — The Roberts Farm Preserve warming hut will be open – with cross country skis and snowshoes available to borrow – from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 16 through Feb. 20, for school vacation week. It will continue to be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. […]

Former teacher speaks out against Common Core

Former teacher Diana Holcomb, of Norway, not only wants to get rid of Common Core but the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that decisions regarding education are made locally. She’s one of the speakers at a forum sponsored by Mainers Against Common Core (MACC), which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 4:30 […]

Open house highlights higher education for everyone

Farmers used to show off their produce and bakers their pies in this building, but with the loss of farms and manufacturing in the area it has become the home to higher education in Western Maine.

By Ann Wood PARIS—Yellow buses carry kids to school, but a certain yellow building can carry teenagers and adults to college and beyond—right here in Western Maine. The Oxford Hills School District has moved its administrative offices into the building that the University of Maine System and the Central Maine Community College share, which has […]

Engineers OK use of Paris Elementary School oil tank

INTENT— Sullivan & Merritt Project Manager Gary Perry takes air-quality readings inside a 10,000 oil tank at the Paris Elementary School before climbing down a ladder inside. Perry, who was hired by the SAD 17 school district to inspect the condition of the tank, told school officials Wednesday it was safe to continue using it.

  PARIS— Engineers told district officials Wednesday that a 10,000 gallon oil tank at the elementary school does not pose an immediate risk and can continue to be used. Following an interior and exterior inspection, Gary Perry of Hermon-based Sullivan & Merritt told officials that the tank has interior surface corrosion, but no deep scour […]

Superintendent presents $37.65 million budget

SAD 17 Superintended Rick Colpitts told school board directors on Monday night that many of the increases in his proposed $37.64 million district budget were state mandated and beyond local control.

HARRISON — The SAD 17 Board of Directors got a first glimpse of Superintendent Rick Colpitt’s proposed $37.65 million budget for 2015, which includes measures to reduce class size at district elementary schools. The budget for fiscal years 2014-15 is 4.75 percent greater than 2013-14 and represents an overall 4.5 percent increase in what town’s […]

Committee OKs $37.65 million school budget

OXFORD— The SAD 17 Budget Committee has approved preliminary $37.65 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15, a 4.5 percent overall increase in local spending. The proposed budget was one of two considered in last week’s final committee hearings, which will now be sent to the school board for approval. Town public hearings will begin April […]