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 […]

Commemorative T-shirts for Hebron students

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AGAPE— Students at the Hebron Station School collectively murmur as SAD 17 school officials unveil shirts commemorating students’ week-long relocation to classes at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School after an oil spill closed the school down. The free shirts read “I survived high school 2014″ and will be given to each of the school’s […]

Hebron oil spill cleanup status “changing daily”

Crews work to collect oil believed to be in the ground below Hebron Station School

ABOVE, BELOW— Even as students return to classes, in a concrete bunker below Hebron Station School’s gymnasium, Maine DEP officials work with subcontractors to pump oil residing beneath the school’s foundation. Crushed rock is being poured into testing holes bored to look for the oil, which Hazardous Materials Responder Sheryl Bernard says has been difficult […]

Foundation praises SAD 17 efforts to boost college enrollment

OXFORD— District efforts to boost the enrollment of college-bound high school graduates from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School were praised by a higher education loan provider. Wendy Ault, director of the Maine Educational Loan Marketing Corporation Education Foundation, told SAD 17 directors Tuesday night that the district initiatives to improve enrollment in post-secondary education were […]