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13 January, 1984 THE QUODDY TIDES' Page 15 Eastport School Committee presents plaques of appreciation One former teacher and two recent graduates of Shead High School were presented with plaques of appreciation by the Eastport School Committee at its January 3 meeting. Dorothy "Dot" Fogg, a home econo- mics teacher at Shead for 22 years, and John Jones and Andrew Mitchell, both instrumental in the development of tele- vision station WSHD, were honored for their hard work and dedication. Mrs. Fogg, who retired last year, was given a plaque "in appreciation of 22 years of outstanding teaching service at Shead Memorial High School" by former Eastport School Committee Chairman, Andrew Seeley. The other two plaques were for "out- standing public service to television sta- . tion WSHD at Shead". Mr. Seeley present- ed one to John Jones who is currently studying at Emerson College in Boston. Louise Mitchell accepted her son's plaque for him as he is serving in the Navy. First of the New Year Eastport School Committee meeting by Marie Jones At the Eastport School Committee meeting on Tuesday evening, January 3, Donna Mitchell was elected chairman and welcomed newly elected board mem- ber, Paula Bouchard. Outgoing school committee member Andrew Seeley presented a plaque, on behalf of the school board, to Dorothy Fogg, who retired at the end of the school year after teaching for 29 years of which 22 years were spent at Shead High School teaching home economics. Seeley also presented plaques to John Jones and Andrew Mitchell, 1983 gradu- ates, for outstanding public Service to televison station WSHD. PRESENTATION OF REPORTS Eastport Elementary School principal Roger Davis introduced Katherine Lewis, physical therapist, and Jane Cook, speech therapist. Both provide special services to the students in the school system. A description of the social studies program taught by Marilyn Gilpatrick and Doug Richardson was outlined by Richardson. A total of 205 students take courseswithin the program. Richard- son recommended that geography cour- ses be taught to all students. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT Union 104 school superintendent Jos- eph McBrine reported that "all accounts are in pretty good shape". Textbooks and teacher supplies are overdrawn, pri- marily because of new courses added this year. When the budget was drawn up the number of new courses had not been determined. An additional subsidy of $21,174, will be received this fiscal year due to the increased enrollment of students at the Eastport Elementary School. State law provides for an additional subsidy when enrollment increases by three percent or more in one year. The superintendent recommended the purchase of a school bus to replace the present back-us bus which is ten years old and has a rust problem that makes it unlikely the bus would pass inspection next year. Cost of the school bus is 100% reimbursable one year after the expenditure is made. McBrine announced plans for a math competition to be held among students in the Union 104 elementary schools. The contests would be organized along the lines of a cross country race, giving NO SCHOOL. Shead High School, along with all the schools in Union 104, was clos- ed last Wednesday after 12.5 inches of snow dropped on the Quoddy area January lOth and 1 lth. (Quoddy Tides Photo) recognition to both individuals and teams. Shead teachers and Sister Maurine, principal of Beatrice Rafferty School at Pleasant Point, met to see what measures could be taken to reduce the absenteeism among Pleasant Point students attending Shead High School. All students who are failing will be asked to attend after school classes to be held on Monday evenings. The classes will be tried for a month. POSITIVE ACTION COMMITTEE- SCHOOL DROPOUTS Appointments were made to the Posi- tive Action Committee. Donna Mitchell was appointed as the school committee member and Elizabeth Pare and Frances Dearman were appointed as the two par- ents of high school students to serve on the committee. Formation of a positive action committee is required by State law to combat the high school dropout pro- blem. During the 1982-83 school year, East- port had the highest student dropout rate in Washington County with a rate of 8.9%. Twenty-one students droped out of Shead during the year. A breakdown of the total showed that 14 were from Pleasant Point, four from Eastport, two from Perry and one from Edmunds. Thirteen of the 21 students were fresh- men. 1 OTHER BUSINESS The superintendent and the school committee lecided to see if January 24 would be a satisfactory date for a meeting 9 with school committees of towns that send tuition students to Shead High School. The committee approved the hiring of | a tutor to work with Indian students at [ Shead, in an effort to decrease the fail- ure and drop out rate. Tutor will be paid by Pleasant Point. Approval given forthe teaching of the chapter on human reproduction in the biology text book. A discussion of A Statement of Philo- | sophy of Education and a Statement of Educational Objectives was postponed until another meeting because of lack of time. ROSS ELECTRONIX00 28 Water St. - Lubec, Me. TEL. 733-4955 New Quasar, Panasonic, Sharp TV's Portable & Console TV's Video Cassette Recorders (V.C.R.'s) for sale or rent. Movies to rent. Panasonic Audio Equipment For our Canadian Customers we now have dutypaid V.C.R.'s for rent.