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SAD 41 to discuss No Child Left Behind

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 40, October 06, 2004

MILO - A workshop tops the agenda of the SAD 41 Board of Directors regular meeting tonight (Oct. 6, 2004), a session that will address the failure of Penquis Valley High School's eleventh grade to meet the federal No Child Left Behind standards in reading. The default was recently announced by Susan A.Gendron, Maine's Commissioner of Education.

Although the percentage of substandard scores was lower, at 6 percent, than the state average of 9 percent, the board recognizes the need to make a plan for improvement, according to SAD 41 Curriculum Coordinator Shirley Wright.

Also on the docket is a discussion of the district's cost sharing formula. Encompassing Brownville, Milo, LaGrange and Atkinson, the district recently lost Lake View Plantation from its ranks. Atkinson officials have protested that the cost-sharing formula is unfair, because Atkinson is assessed 11.16 percent of the total budget while its students only comprise 6.2 percent of the student population. The formula is unique to the district and set out by Maine law, according to SAD 41 Superintendent David Walker, and any solution to the problem has to take on new legislation.

An agreement for a cooperative adult education program between Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford and Milo will also be presented. While classes would still be scheduled in all three communities when possible, the program would consolidate administration to one office, with costs to be split three ways.

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