The Regional School Unit 3 board of directors passed on expelling a Mount View High School student this week who reportedly brought alcohol to school, precisely because the student did not pass it on.

According to Superintendent Heather Perry, bringing alcohol to school carries penalties but is not automatic grounds for expulsion unless the student furnishes it to another student.

In an expulsion hearing held Feb. 13, the board voted 6-4 against expelling the student for the incident, which Perry said happened in January. Perry declined to release any additional information about the student or details of the offense.

“There certainly were other disciplinary consequences that occurred because of the possession,” Perry said. “But they didn’t rise to the level of expulsion because [the board] found there was no furnishing.”

As a result of the expulsion hearing, much of the Feb. 13 agenda, including discussion of proficiency-based learning, charter schools, district policies and consideration of renewing several individual contracts, was postponed until a special meeting to be held Monday, Feb. 27.

District officials are completing a report on switching to a proposed single bus run in which students of all ages would ride on a single set of bus routes, rather than separate bus runs for younger students and older students. The change is being considered as a way to save money in the district. The board is scheduled to vote on the issue at its next regular meeting, set for Monday, March 12.

In other business, the board:

• Extended by one year the contracts of the district’s coordinator for improving student achievement and Mount View Middle School principal. Perry said the district is giving 1-percent raises in current contracts to administrators and teachers, adding that the raises follow a two-year period of no increases for administrators.

• Voted to accept a $492,000 grant for technology related to a new distance learning program received earlier this year. Perry said the program, which she likened to “Skype on steroids,” will likely go into use by winter 2012.

• Accepted the superintendent’s proposed 2012-13 calendar, which reduces the number of conflicting days with RSU 20 with regard to shared classes at Waldo County Technical Center in Waldo. The calendar also includes six late-start days for work at schools on switching to a proficiency-based system.