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Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 30, 2012
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The first day of school is Tuesday, September 4. School starts at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m..


Principal Allen Cole, 326-9421,
Administrative Assistant Christine Kilpeck, 326-9421, /> Superintendent, Mark Hurvitt, 374-9927,

Student lunches cost $2.55 with reduced lunch at 40¢. Milk is 30¢. Breakfast is 50¢. Reduced breakfast is free.

New Staff
Judy Park is our new art teacher. She has lived in Blue Hill with her husband, Lee, since 1998. She has two children who are in college. She has a master’s degree in art education from the University of Northern Colorado. Her area of expertise in art is textiles and weaving. Before moving to Blue Hill, she was an elementary school art teacher in Jefferson County, Colorado. She is certified in art, grades K-12.

Katrina Dagan is our new physical education and health teacher. For the past 11 years she has lived in Castine with her husband, Craig. She has two children who attend the Adams School in Castine. She has a master’s degree in health education from Springfield College. Prior to becoming the school’s health and PE teacher, she coached volleyball and softball at Maine Maritime Academy.

Pre-K is a new program for this year. Four students are registered. Pre-K will run three full days, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

In the morning, Denny Colson will start on the Wardwell Pt. Rd. about 6:45. His next stop will be on Rte 166. He’ll proceed in a clockwise direction north to the Orland town line, return along the New Road, then to Pierce Pond Road and finally on Rte. 199 back to school. In the afternoon his route is reversed.

In the morning, Glen Ashe will start on the Back Ridge Road about 6:40. He’ll then go South along Rte. 15 to Marks Corner, return north along Rte. 15 to the Orland town line, south on Rte. 175 to Sedgwick town line, return north on Rte. 175 to school. In the afternoon his route is reversed.

Charlie Deans (Castine bus) will pick up and drop off Dunbar Road students with pick up starting about 7:15 a.m. Drop off will be just after 3 p.m.

High school students will change buses at PCS to board the appropriate high school bus, with transportation provided to GSA and BHS. Ashe’s bus does the GSA run in the morning and afternoon. Deans does the morning BHS run. Colson does the afternoon. Students who attend the Harbor School ride the GSA bus and walk from GSA to the Harbor School.

Estimated school enrollment is pre-K, 3; kindergarten, 10; first, 8; second, 8; third, 8; fourth, 7; fifth, 5; sixth, 5; seventh, 3; eighth, 8; for a total student population of 55.

The school has six full-time and three part-time teachers, and nine support staffers.

The school budget for 2012-13 is $1,519,201.

Sept. 4 - School opens for all students
Oct. 5 - Teacher in-service
Oct. 8 - Columbus Day, no school
Nov. 12 - Veterans’ Day, no school
Nov. 21-23 - Thanksgiving, no school
Dec. 24-Jan. 1 Holiday Break
Jan. 18 - Teacher in-service
Jan. 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 18-22 - Winter Break
March 29 - Teacher in-service
April 15-19 Spring Break
May 27 - Memorial Day
June 12 - Last day of school
June 13 - Teachers in-service