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MSAD 70 seeks solutions to end violence at all schools

Project Graduation is a parent run organization to provide a safe, drug-free environment for students who graduate from High School each June.  MSAD 70 has no jurisdiction over this organization and does not become involved in their decisions or their fundraising activities. MSAD 70 appreciates the time and energy put into this project each year, as we believe that Project Graduation is a great event for students after they graduate.  

MSAD 70 School Committee, administration, teachers, staff and students were appalled by the recent gun violence in Parkland, Florida, as well as other acts of violence in schools across our nation. We can only imagine the suffering that occurs during these times of horror to the victims, their families and the community as a whole. Hodgdon Middle/High School was a participant in the recent Walkout promoted by the Women’s March to show support for the Parkland community and to show opposition to violence of any kind in our nation’s schools.  

In the days ahead, parents, students, educators, lawmakers and community members will put forth many strategies to help stop gun violence in our society and in schools in particular. It will require great wisdom and at times compromise, to determine what solutions are the best for all. It is our hope that MSAD 70 will be a part of the solution and we will continue to strive to provide a safe environment to all who enter our doors.

Scott Richardson

Superintendent of Schools

MSAD 70

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