MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- After years of it just being just an idea, school leaders in two mill towns could be ready to have some serious conversations about possibly sharing student programs between their districts.
Millinocket and East Millinocket may be looking at athletic programs the two districts could share. That's an idea that both town's school boards may consider when they meet next week.
Millinocket superintendent Ken Smith says that could include the discussion of opening up certain sports to students at both high schools. He says eventually combining student athletics may also be a talking point.
Smith says the discussions have nothing to do with massive budget cuts Millinocket schools are having to make. He says the talks about whether to share athletics were actually started by students at both schools.
"There was a study done between the Stearns students and the Schenck students," he said, "so we now have the benefit of what the students would like to see for programs and what are currently being offered by both schools...so the idea is if there's a will I'm sure there's a way to get it done."
Both school boards will meet to discuss the idea next week. The meeting will take place Tuesday night at Schenck High School in East Millinocket beginning at 6 p.m.