MSAD #51 District Newsletter - May 23, 2024

From the Superintendent

porterThe 2024-25 annual operating budget proposed by the Board and administration that goes to voters on June 11 includes $300,000 in new lease costs for modular classrooms that were added to MIW during summer 2023. These additional temporary classrooms were needed to accommodate our growing student population, as it has since 2015 when MIW began to outgrow its capacity. In addition to space, student population growth has necessitated hiring additional teachers, specialists, and support staff at the elementary level.

Despite a 7% increase in students over the last decade, the average annual budget expenditure increase has been 4.74% and the average annual mil rate increase has been held below the rate of inflation, at 2.72% in Cumberland and 2.64% in North Yarmouth, during this same time period. In other words, even with the demands of a growing district we have tried hard to be fiscally responsive to taxpayers.

On another note, each year staff members are invited to nominate colleagues who exemplify the attributes of MSAD #51's mission to meet each student's personal best. I am pleased to announce the finalists for the 2024 MSAD #51 Staff Member of the Year, who were chosen from 34 nominations across the district. Congrats to our finalists and all staff who were nominated for this honor (see below for finalists).

Jeff Porter

Employee of the Year Finalists: Lindsey Horowitz, Cherrie MacInnes, Katie Payne & Brianna Robbins.

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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

All meetings will take place at 6:00 pm in the Gyger Room at Greely High School.  For those of you unfamiliar with that room, the Gyger Room can be accessed from the GHS parking lot (the side without the electronic sign).

June 3 - Regular Meeting

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Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos


School Building Project Information

For comprehensive information regarding the School Building Project, please visit the project page at:

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Community Partners

Our Community Partners are strong supporters of various areas of the school.  Without them, our students would not have many of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they receive.

It's the Memorial Day 5K and Fun Run/Walk!

Bright and early on Memorial Day morning (before the parade) we need your help to pull off a successful 5K and Fun Run! There are many opportunities to choose from - both day of and beforehand - that will really help us!

Please take a moment to check out the sign up list and see where you can help out to support this popular community event! We really can't do it without you!!!

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Race Day: Monday, May 27th
7:00am: Registration opens
8:00am: Fun Run (12 and under) starts
8:30am: 5K starts 


Do you have a runner in the Kids Fun Run or 5K? Come be a flagger on the course! We need volunteers to make this a fun and memorable event. Use the link below for more details!

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Community Notices

Community Notices are not affiliated with MSAD #51.  Please contact the organization directly with any questions.  For a full listing of Community Notices, please click HERE.

Swim-a-thon for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital


Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2023 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

Greely Center for the Arts Events


If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Melissa Porter for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
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