Workshop on bullying set for Tuesday at Reiche

Bullying will be the subject of a free public workshop on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Reiche Community School on Brackett Street.

The workshop will address various forms of bullying, including name-calling, taunting, social exclusion, gossip, intimidation, physical aggression, harassment via the Web or cell phones and related topics. Participants will learn effective ways to stop bullying.

The Maine Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, Maine Department of Education and school districts across the state have stepped up bullying prevention efforts after a Massachusetts teenager recently hanged herself following months of alleged harassment by fellow students.

Sponsors of the evening workshop include the Reiche Parent Teacher Organization, Community Counseling Center and the West End Community Action Network.


15 PATHS welding students earn national certification

The results are in for welding students at Portland Arts and Technology High School who accomplished a first by taking a national certification test.

Teacher Bill Presby said 15 of 22 students passed all four sections of the hands-on test last week, which was overseen by welding instructors from Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.

Four students passed three of the four sections and will be able to retake the section they failed.

The test is based on the professional standards of the American Welding Society.

PATHS is the first high school in Maine and among few high schools in the nation to offer the test.

Passing it provides marketable credentials in a high-demand field after graduation.


Deering principal finalists to be interviewed Monday

Candidates for principal of Deering High School will be interviewed by a search committee on Monday, according to Superintendent Jim Morse.

The district received about a dozen applications for the position, which Ken Kunin has held for nearly five years. He will resign at the end of June to pursue career options in the public policy arena.

Morse said the opening attracted several strong candidates from Maine and other states, including California and Nevada. No employees of Portland public schools applied for the job, he said.

The search committee reviewed the resumes on Wednesday and selected three or four to invite for interviews.

Morse said he plans to visit applicants’ schools in May and choose the person to lead Portland’s largest high school in June.


Erin Cianchette will lead Green Independent Party

The Maine Green Independent Party has chosen a former party secretary as its new chair.

Erin Cianchette, a student at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, was elected during the party’s annual state convention.

In addition to her new role, Cianchette is a legislative candidate in the Cumberland-North Yarmouth area and has also managed several legislative campaigns.

Former Chair Anna Trevorrow of Portland did not seek re-election, citing her own run for the Legislature.

The party held its convention Saturday.


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