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Page 30 THE QUODDY TIDES - 11 December, 2015 Robbinston school to be readied for winter MAILING THEIR LEITERS to Santa Claus on December 8 were Perry Elementary School students in PreK and Kindergarten, including Evan Lingley (shown), with Kin- dergarten teacher Diana Boone watching. They mailed the letters in the mailbox for Santa at the Eastport Post Office. (Edward French photo) Additiona by Edward French The former principal of the Calais Ele- mentary School has been hired as a new teacher at the Perry Elementary School in order to reduce the overcrowding caused by additional Robbinston students in the grades 5 and 6 classroom. At its Decem- ber 2 meeting, the Perry School Commit- tee voted to hire Peter Perkins so that the classroom, which had 32 students, can be divided into two grades. Perkins had al- I teacher hired for Perry school ready begun teaching on November 16 as a substitute teacher for that class. The board took the action the day after a Perry special town meeting at which vot- ers approved increasing the total school budget by $44,933 to allow for the hiring of the additional teacher. That cost will not result in any increase in local taxes, since it is being covered by the additional tuition revenue that Perry is gaining fol- lowing the closure of the Robbinston Grade School. A total of 30 Robbinston students are now attending the Perry Ele- mentary School, with tuition being paid for 17 of them, according to the Novem- ber tuition bill, and 13 being covered un- der previously approved superintendent's agreements. The total tuition revenue for the year that will accrue to the Perry school system is over $100,000, accord- ing to AOS 77 Superintendent Kenneth Johnson. ENJOYING a shared writing experience with Diana Boone's Kindergarten class were Joni Kinney's seventh and eighth graders at Perry Elementary School. Sev- enth grader Mason Ritchie is assisting PreK student Danika Painter with her let- ter to Santa. Looking on are Kindergarten students Jakoby Moores and Tay Barnes. Play and concert scheduled Perry Elementary School students have been working with Children's Stage Ad- ventures during the week of December 7, and the students will be performing the ,play Oliver Twist on Friday, December 11, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The school's Christmas concert will be held on Tuesday, December 15, at 6 p.m., with a snow date of December 16. Principal Dan Morang reported that stu- dents in Mrs. Johnson's Grade 4 class raised $700 for Wreaths For Hope, a project of Mingo's Evergreen Products in Red Beach to raise money to help fight cancer. Current enrollment at the school totals 126 students. ~ An Independent Baptist Church ~ DR. E. PAUL EMERY, PASTOR iiiiiiiiii i i iii ii iii iii !i iiiiii!i!iiiiiiiii iiii!ili 1292 U.S. Route 1, Perry, ME 04667 (207) 853-4498 @ @ @ @ In Business Since 1934 Merry Christmas From Nelson Crew Robbinston, Maine 454-3688 @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ by Lora Whelan Transportation to Perry school The Robbinston Grade School building A lengthy discussion was held about will be set up for the winter months to student transportation issues but without keep both the building and the school bud- any action on the part of the committee. get healthy. Jenkins outlined costs to run a bus for At the December 8 school committee Robbinston students attending Perry Ele- meeting, Chair Joe Footer and board mere- mentary School, of which there are almost ber Julie Murray voted to support Super- 30, but of which only 15 have tuition paid intendent Ron Jenkins' recommendation for by the town, says Cathy Footer in an to put the classroom wing in "sleep" mode interview. Thirteen of the students attend of about 40 to 45 degrees, with pipes the Perry school from previous superin- drained or freeze-protected, and with the tendent's agreements. A contracted bus administration and gym wing kept at 50 service would cost between $20,000 and degrees with a fully functional restroom. $30,000. A purchased bus and hired driv- The goalis to keep the heating budget line er would be between $75,000 and item at or below the allotted $7,500 while $85,000. Jenkins said, "Keep in mind having the gym and its restrooms avail- some transportation costs are not reim- able for meetings and other events with- bursable." A bus purchase would have a out the risk of cracked plaster and warped one-year delay in reimbursement. tiles that an unheated building can suffer. Superintendent Jenkins put on his Rob- A use policy will be created by Jenkins binston hat for a moment and noted that that will outline who is responsible for he had not heard anyone remark on the opening and closing the building to users absence of a stipulation with the Calais and user responsibilities for cleaning. School System to provide bus service in Town Clerk Cathy Footer volunteered her the existing three-year contract. Currently services to open and close the building Robbinston pays to transport students to once the policy is in place. She noted that Calais. "Not that I'd agree with it," he in its current mode the building's fuel use added, putting back on his Calais superin- from early September to early December tendent hat. The reason being, he said, is was 265 gallons. "That's remarkable." She that it would be very unusual for a school added, "I'm quite impressed that's all it system to agree to such a cost when there took." is no guarantee of a certain number of At some point in the spring, Footer ex- students attending the receiving school. If pects that a joint school committee and all the Robbinston students went to Cal- selectmen meeting will be held to discuss ais, then he would have no problem add- the future of the building; however, an ing a bus run to the contract, he suggested. inventory of the school's equipment and Currently 22 students attend Calais Ele- supplies remaining in the building needs mentary School and 15 attend Calais High to be performed. School, says Cathy Footer. Washington Jenkins suggested that he hire one or Academy, Shead High School and the two people for a four- to five-hour stint to high school in Baileyville each have one create a categorized list. Once the inven- Robbinston high school student attending. tory is in hand, a public meeting could be When pressed by a parent, Footer stat- held to find out if there are specific com- ed that he would not support changing the munity needs for any of the items and school budget to include transportation what to do with the rest of them. Footer costs to the Perry school. The voters and Murray agreed that this course of ac- would turn it down, he said. "We've taken tion was necessary in order to ready the three to four meetings on this issue." He building for the discussion about its fu- added, "We're sticking to the three-year ture. contract." Murray agreed with him. CAROLING IN PERRY On Saturday, December 19, starting at 4 p.m., children ages 4 to 12 are invited to join Kids Club as they go caroling down the Shore Road in Perry. Also invited, to get in the spirit of Christmas, are adults and teenagers. Caroling will begin and end at 594 Shore Road. Afterward carolers can enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. THREE KINGS CELEBRATION Come and celebrate with Kids Club for the arrival of the three kings at Christ Epis- copal Church, Eastport, on January 3. All children are invited to meet at 9 a.m. to go over a short play that will be narrated and performed in the service, which is at 10 a.m. After the service, there will be a Three Kings celebration with gifts for the children and a birthday cake. GRANGE ACTIVITIES Washington County Pomona No. 16 met on December 1 in Alexander. Mem- bers from Robbinston, Cathance and A1- THE FARMERS UNION Perry, Maine by Helen Brooks Tel. 454-7409 exander were in attendance. Keeping with the spirit of Christmas, the grange was treated to a complete turkey dinner by the host grange. Elizabeth McVicar, lecturer, finished a delightful program, keeping with the vision of Oliver Hudson Kelley, a Minnesota farmer and activist. Each grange, during the meeting, reported on their events and activities. Alexander Grange is the most active grange, with their volunteer service to the local food backpack for children, their dinner for veterans, their hunters' lunch and their annual Christmas party. Pomona is in the action also. They are saving soup labels and box tops for local schools. They enter the state grange read- ing contest and inform local juniors of the opportunities to earn National Grange merit badges. Several from the Pomona have received scholarships. Members are helping with funds for the 2016 educational aid and the Howes Nurses Scholarship. The next meeting will be in Perry in May. PEMBROKE IRVING Open 7 Days a Week Mon.-Sat., 4 a.m.-closing Sun., 5 a.m.-closing Route 1, Pembroke, ME 726-5103