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The Orono School Board refinanced three sets of bonds, which will save taxpayers $6.2 million. The sale was unanimously approved in a special meeting July 7. As a result, the board will be able to reduce the amount it levies annually for debt service purposes and is committed to passing those savings on to taxpayers. The district,…

John Morstad has joined Orono Schools as its new Director of Business Services. In this role, Morstad will oversee the business operations of a district recognized for its fiscal integrity, accountability and transparency. Morstad replaces Tom Stringer, who will be retiring in 2016. The pair is working together for a period of time to ensure…

Members of Orono High School’s Unified Club received The Face of Change Award at the National Unity Awards on May 25 in Minneapolis. The second annual Unity Awards, sponsored by PACER Center’s National Bullying Prevention Center, celebrate those who have made outstanding contributions to address and prevent bullying. Students, parents, educators and community members were invited to submit…

Twenty-eight Orono Middle School eighth-grade students were honored with the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. This is given to eighth-graders who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during sixth and seventh grade, and received 90 percent or better on math or reading subtests of the Explore test. OMS student receiving this honor…

Orono Intermediate School third-graders Woody Field and Lila Solie and Orono Schumann Elementary second-graders Rory Kvern and Adrian Licursi all earned perfect cumulative scores of 18 points in Continental Math League (CML) competition this season. They received medals from CML for the achievement. These four join three OIS fifth-graders who also earned perfect scores in…

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