RSU 9 sports heading into winter strong

FARMINGTON – The School District 9 Board of Directors highlighted the efforts of their sports program on Tuesday, November 8th.

Cyndi Pratt, director of student activities sat before the board and spoke about the quality of the program since she joined RSU 9 in August. “I hit the ground running and I don’t feel like I’ve slowed down yet,” she commented.

“I think we had a really successful fall season and things are gearing up quickly for the winter season,” Pratt said.

High School Mt. Blue saw an influx of students in field hockey and boys soccer, having a large enough roster to warrant a Varsity and JV team.

A request was made to approve a field trip to the New England Cross Country Championships at Ponaganset High School in Rhode Island. Students Cryus Evans and Henri McCourt qualified with their performance at the State Cross Country Meet on October 29th. The motion was unanimously approved.

Principal Gloria McGraw of Farmington commented that a committee had been formed at the boosters meeting the night before on the topic of turf and AstroTurf. She said the commission will gather information to bring on board in the future. “There was a lot of expertise already there,” she said.

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Superintendent Christian Elkington also singled out the boys and girls soccer teams for each sports award they win, saying, “Once again, we continue to work hard on the playing fields and are still good sports when it comes to how how we treat the officials, how we treat the other teams, the spectators and, of course, the other players.”

Joining Pratt in the administrative report was Kevin Bremner, director of technology. Bremner presented two updates, the first being that all but one department’s aging firewalls had been replaced.

The second included an estimated delivery date of the copiers for the district. According to Bremner, the replicators should be delivered by the end of December. “A few months behind, but hopefully it will happen soon,” he said.

Principal Alexander Creznic of Farmington asked Bremner to expand on the cybersecurity initiatives he mentioned in his report. Bremner responded: “As it stands now, we really don’t have any kind of cohesive plan. Over the years, we’ve simply put things in place to make the network more secure.”

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Bremner said that cybersecurity is a very important topic, and he hopes that in the coming months he and his staff will have done the preliminary work together on a larger cybersecurity plan.

Elkington added that over the next six to eight months, he will work with Bremner to draft a 10-year technology plan that will be adopted next fall.

In the new business, 10 policies were presented for review and revision. A motion was made and seconded, leading to discussion. Director Judith ‘Libby’ Kaut of New Sharon shared her claim with the last four policies under consideration. The changes made were related to suspension and expulsion.

Kreznic moved to amend the motion, approving the first six policy amendments and excluding the last four. Charles Hind of New Vineyard seconded the motion, adding to the discussion: “I’m not going to call a ‘she’ a ‘he’ or a ‘he’ a ‘she’, so just letting you know that.”

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Dorothy Robinson of Chesterville said, “It doesn’t mean you’re going to call ‘he’ a ‘she’, but the ‘he/she’ in ‘they/they’ are”. It’s not a gender change, just to clarify. “

The motion to amend the motion failed as Creznic and Kaut voted 11 to 11.

As originally presented, all 10 policies were approved. 12 voted in favor of revisions with Creznic, Kaut and Hinds against.

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