BUCKSPORT — Community service may soon become a graduation requirement at Bucksport High School.
The Regional School Unit 25 School Board Tuesday accepted for first reading new policies that would require high school students to complete 40 hours of community service in order to earn their diplomas.
“I thought this would be a great way for our high school to get out in the community,” said Principal Dan Clifford.
The proposed policy, which still needs final board approval, would start with this year’s freshman class.
Students would be expected to average 10 hours of community service annually.
Community service activities would have to be pre-approved by a student’s homeroom teacher, who would also keep a log of the student’s hours.
“I support this 100 percent,” said board member Scott Frazier. “I think it’s a good idea.”
He said he was concerned about students procrastinating on completing their volunteer hours.
Clifford said school staff will “seek out” those students who are not fulfilling the requirement and that there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities at the school.
He said a database of volunteer opportunities should be available at the school guidance office by September.