Animals in Schools Discussed by RSU 25 Policy Committee

BUCKSPORT — Discussion at the Jan. 8 meeting of the Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) Policy Committee centered on animals in schools, including service animals.

The discussion came about because Superintendent Jim Boothby noticed a spectator at a recent sporting event who was accompanied by a lap-sized dog at the game. Boothby had a staff member ask the spectator to remove her pet, but the question was raised about creating a policy to address the situation for future encounters.

After some research, Boothby found two sample policies created by the Maine School Management Association (MSMA) to use as models for creating policies for RSU 25.

“These policies have been vetted by an attorney as MSMA requires, so I believe with a few minor changes, they should be ready to be put before the board,” Boothby said.

The one thing committee members felt needed to be added was a sentence or two stating that this policy does not apply to law enforcement animals.

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Amanda Greenberg

Former Ellsworth American reporter Amanda Greenberg joined the staff in October 2012 after graduating from the University of Maine in Orono. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Amanda moved to Maine when she was nine.