School board hears reports from AOS officials

by Mary Grow

Vassalboro School Board members held a short and uneventful monthly meeting Nov. 15, mostly receiving reports from AOS (Alternative Organizational Structure) #92 officials and board member Elizabeth Mitchell, who attended the recent Maine School Board Association meeting.

Afterward, Superintendent Eric Haley commented that with the school year under way and the next year’s budget not started, November school board meetings are often short in all three AOS #92 municipalities (Vassalboro, Waterville and Winslow).

Vassalboro Community School (VCS) Principal Dianna Gram reported that the school’s pre-kindergarten program reached its enrollment limit of 16 students. A state reviewer visited the program and reported that it meets all applicable state standards. Gram also reported that eighth-graders in Vassalboro’s highly regarded JMG (Jobs for Maine Graduates) program, led by Victor Esposito, have taken part in a public speaking series with the Augusta-based Kennebec Valley chapter of Toastmasters International. One of Vassalboro’s students participated in a conference in Toronto.

JMG students are running a wreath sale at the school, with a December 29 deadline for orders. People interested can get information and place orders by calling VCS at 923-3100 and asking for Esposito.

The school’s Parent-Teacher Organization is presenting two pre-Christmas events open to the public. On Saturday, Dec. 3, Santa’s breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m., with crafts, a pancake breakfast and a picture with Santa for $5 plus a sale of gifts from Santa’s Workshop.

The movie “Polar Express” will be shown Friday, Dec. 9, starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free; those who wish may buy a golden ticket, a silver bell, a photo with the Polar Express as the background and cocoa and a homemade cookie for $3, and there will be a concession stand.

The next Vassalboro School Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, Dec. 20.


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