Telstar Regional Middle/High School
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|Telstar Regional Middle/High School|
|284 Walkers Mills Rd.
Bethel, Maine 04217
|School district||MSAD 44|
Telstar Regional Middle/High School is a middle/high school located in Bethel, Maine, in the United States as part of Maine School Administrative District 44. The school mascot is Yosemite Sam, and the sports teams are called The Rebels.
The school was founded in 1968 and named after Telstar — the satellite's Andover Earth Station is in the school district, in Andover. In 1968, a controversy brewed up when a local Baptist minister attempted to get the school to not use the novels Demian by Hermann Hesse, The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Brian More, and Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes in an English class.
- Simon Dumont - Professional Skier
- Anna Pierce - Professional Runner
- Fred Baily - Professional Nordic Skier
- Chris Duplessis - Professional Rally Car Driver
The period between 2006 and 2009 saw many changes at Telstar. The State of Maine mandated that school districts with low student populations consolidate with neighboring districts.
District property valuations also caused issues within the district itself. With several million dollar homes in the vicinity of Sunday River Ski Resort, the tax base of the area keeps rising. Increasing valuations have led to a dramatic decrease in state aid, resulting in a dramatic decrease in the 2009-2010 district budget.
While property valuations have increased, many middle income jobs have been lost due to economic conditions and the poor business climate for the area's paper industry. Sunday River itself, able to weather just about any economic crisis, shed 32 full-time positions in 2009. The loss of jobs in the area have brought about a steady decrease in the school population as families move away seeking employment.
These events have brought about a "perfect storm" for Telstar High School. The 2009-2010 school year will be more expensive for local taxpayers, who will be sending their kids to a school with fewer teachers and staff.
In the summer of 2009, district officials invited taxpayers to share their views on a possible $5-million-dollar addition to the school, which would cost taxpayers roughly $300,000 per year over the next 15 years. At this meeting, held at the end of July, voters shared their perspectives. [needs more info from the meeting.] Following the meeting, the SAD 44 School Board met and decided to put the proposal out to voters.
Decreasing staff levels
Between 2006 and 2009, Telstar High School has lost 5 positions, including a guidance counselor and teachers of science, math, and English. A social studies position and the school's industrial arts teacher have gone to half time.
- Titcomb, Caldwell (January 3, 1969). "What Johnny can read". To the Editor (Maine Times)., reprinted in The Best of Maine Times. Bangor, Maine: Maine Times Publishing Company. 2003. pp. 23–24. ISBN 0-9729124-1-X.
- Need Link: Maine Department of Education, District Consolidation
- Newspaper: Bethel Citizen, need link to specific page.
- need citation
- From a district budget presentation - not sure if this info is online.
- Bethel Citizen article: http://www.bethelcitizen.com/story.php?storyid=6488
- complied from information in the Bethel Citizen, the local paper.