News Feature

Castine
Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 14, 2018
Castine school board addresses GSA projects, school trip

by Monique Labbe

George Stevens Academy Headmaster Tim Seeley attended the monthly meeting of the Castine School Board on June 6 to discuss facilities issues at the school.

Castine is one of the towns in the area that sends students to George Stevens Academy.

Seeley reported that facilities work needs to be done at George Stevens and asked the board how to communicate on different projects moving forward.

Board member Temple Blackwood suggested that Seeley could introduce new facilities projects at George Stevens Academy during meetings of the Castine school board, and that the board would then announce it to parents so that they could attend if they wanted.

Seeley also reported that the numbers for international enrollment are down going into the 2018-19 school year, which will necessitate the running of two dormitories. George Stevens Academy has three dormitories on campus.

Other board business

The board approved a bid from Greg Bowden for playground improvements, totaling $9,900, with $2,500 coming from a Hatch Fund grant and $7,400 coming from the $8,000 bathroom account.

Calvineers leader Bill McWeeny discussed fundraising efforts for the club, to be used toward a trip to the International Right Whale Conference in Barcelona in December 2019. The group has planned for two big fundraisers, one for this summer and next. This summer fundraiser is a dinner and silent auction, with a few raffles planned as well. The group is looking to raise about $30,000 for the trip, to include flight and accommodations for chaperons and 11 or 12 students.