Families are encouraged to complete a Spruce Mountain Student Meal Benefit Application

JAY – Regional School Unit 73 Food Services Director Laura Merrill is encouraging families to complete the Meal Benefit Application as this will determine if the district gets additional funding.

“We are working to capture as much data as possible,” she told administrators at Thursday’s meeting. “A lot of our grants and funding are based on hitting the threshold. ”

A letter to parents, information on meals and the application are available on the site district website under Information Food Service.

Last year, the federal government stepped in to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students, and it plans to continue this program throughout the 2021-2022 school year. Maine plans to continue offering free meals in 2022-2023 and beyond.

Principal Lynn Ouellette believed the Maine School Board Association was helping with the data collection.

“We worked cooperatively,” Merrill said. “Put a packet of information to send a consistent message across the state, approach it in a positive way. ”

During the eight-week summer feeding program that ended on August 12, 4,600 breakfasts and 5,159 lunches were served, she noted.

“Supply chain shortages and distribution issues are going to be difficult in the northeast,” Merrill said. “Expect to pay a premium.”

Students from Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls attend Spruce Mountain schools. Primary school is in Livermore while elementary, middle and high schools are in Jay.

In other cases, the position of Guidance Counselor at Spruce Mountain High School has been renamed as Social Worker and Educational Counselor with a new job description approved by the Board of Trustees.

The high school has had a career counselor position that has been open for some time, principal TJ Plourde said. There are no applicants and a college in the area does not even have a student in the program, which will mean fewer applicants in the future, he noted.

A team drew up the job description for the renowned position, Plourde said.

A master’s degree in social work is preferred. The objective of the listed job is to promote the ability of students to access their program of study and future career aspirations.

“Great job,” said director Elaine Fitzgerald. “Anything we can do to meet the needs of academics and students. ”

“It will be a great addition to our school,” said Plourde.

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