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 […]

Students flock for funds

A flock of plastic flamingos popped up on the lawn of Signature Salon in Norway, just one of many surprise recipients targeted by the well-intentioned prank. The prank is a fundraiser for high school marketing students, and for a fee, residents pick the birds' next spot.

  By Christopher Crosby OXFORD HILLS — It happens with disturbing ease. With just a phone call or an email, money exchanges hands and unexpectedly they appear. Their cold, blank eyes gaze remorselessly about, and the only explanation that something larger, and more devious is afoot is a brief note encouraging victims to help them […]

SAD 17 addressing absent oil spill plans

OXFORD — SAD 17 officials will consult with engineers after a Maine Department of Environmental Protection report found a series issues with how the school district stores oil. In a 12-page inspection report released Wednesday, the DEP told school officials to have engineers evaluate the condition of oil storage tanks, safety alarm systems, and how […]

Report finds SAD 17 student scores need improvement

District elementary and middle schools have six years to reduce double digit gaps in math and reading scores, as the district considers changes which will guide future of classroom instruction. A recent presentation from Kathy Elkins, the SAD 17 curriculum director, show district-wide test scores from students grades 3-8 have not met school improvement provisions […]

Anonymous tip service to halt underage drinking

Months ago, an anonymous tip texting system was created through a grant provided to the Oxford County Sherriff’s Office, and since it’s creation it hasn’t gained much attention. Although there has only been one tip sent to the sheriff’s office since it’s creation, local community coordinators are pushing for it’s popularity to spread through Oxford […]

Vikings onward to the state finals

The Oxford Hills girls Vikings beat Edward Little 54 to 34 in the Eastern Maine Class A finals to advance to the state championship game. The Vikings led 26 to 17 at half time and opened up a 20 point lead in the fourth quarter. It was the Red Eddies (19-2) largest loss of the […]

DEP: Hebron oil is in the wetlands; will collect in the spring

LOCATED— DEP officials say much of the 1,700 gallons of oil that leaked into the ground beneath Hebron Station School last month has moved to nearby wetlands. Private contractors Environmental Projects, Inc., shown here, have been swapping out absorbent pads daily in an effort to soak up the oil.

UPDATED 1/30 By: Christopher Crosby HEBRON— The majority of the oil spilled in last month’s accident at the Hebron Station School has been found in nearby wetlands, a DEP spokesperson said last Wednesday. Jessamine Logan said the DEP now believes most of the 1,700 gallons oil unaccounted for in cleanup efforts has moved from beneath […]