April 07, 2020


High school Latin clubs from around the state will gather at Hampden Academy next month for their fall meeting, Latin teacher Ben Johnson told the SAD 22 board of directors Wednesday. Between 400 and 500 students from 15 schools will attend the Maine Junior Classical League Fall Convention on Friday, Nov. 17, when they will wear togas, play trivia games, paint pottery and be tested on mythology, Roman history and culture, and Latin grammar, he said. With more than 100 students, Hampden Academy has the largest Latin club in the state, Johnson said, noting that involvement in the group helps young people develop responsibility, encourages competition, fosters camaraderie and inspires dedication. During the citizens’ comment portion of the meeting, Linda Geisel of Winterport told the board that she has written a book about a 1993 incident involving her sons and the district’s use of a “timeout” area at the Leroy Smith School known as “the box,” a small, closet-like room, for discipline. She said she had promised her children that she would wait until they were out of school before she submitted a manuscript to a publisher.

Later in the meeting, when questioned by a school board member about the incident, Superintendent Rick Lyons said Geisel had “continuously and aggressively tried to make it a bigger issue than it was.”

As a result of the controversy, he said, the state developed regulations regarding “timeout” rooms.

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