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 […]

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 […]