Auburn School Committee discusses water quality, nutrition

Auburn School Committee discusses water quality, nutrition

AUBURN — The School Committee on Wednesday honored former City Councilor Alfreda Fournier, who died last week.

Fournier had served as Androscoggin County commissioner earlier than taking a spot on the City Council the place she served from 2019 to 2021. She died Friday on the age of 75.

The committee remembered Fournier in a second of silence, honoring her “excellent dedication to this neighborhood.”

“If you had been lucky sufficient to know Alfreda,” Committee Chairwoman Karen Mathieu, “then you definitely had been a blessed human being.”

School Department Business Manager Mark Conrad briefed the committee on the efforts to guage and remediate water fixtures in metropolis faculties after 57 out of 115 faucets at Edward Little High School had been discovered to have lead ranges above the state’s really helpful threshold.

Water samples from every Auburn college have been submitted to the state for testing, Conrad stated. All Maine faculties are required by legislation to recurrently check their water for lead following the passage of a 2019 invoice. Schools have till the tip of the yr to submit water samples for testing.

The committee additionally formally welcomed Ben Wilson as the brand new principal of Auburn Middle School. He began July 1.

Also honored Wednesday evening was Chris Piercey, director of diet for Auburn faculties. Piercey accepted the Local Seafood Spirits Award.

“You have finished some excellent issues for the diet division,” stated Mathieu. “So from the underside of our hearts, we completely thanks.”

Piercey got here aboard as diet supervisor simply earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. Auburn faculties started sourcing fresh fish from the Portland Fish Exchange final fall. Previously, that they had solely supplied preprepared frozen fish corresponding to fish sticks. This yr, Auburn faculties served about 600 kilos of contemporary fish, college officers stated.

The committee additionally handed a movement to award a contract for repairs to and portray of the outside of Washburn Elementary School.

The committee retired to government session about 6:30 p.m. to debate analysis of the superintendent. That session was nonetheless going by 9 p.m.

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