Superintendent's Message September 3, 2015

We opened the school year on Wednesday on a smooth note with 2,041 students in grades K-12, up from the projected 2,016 students.  This represents no change in our enrollment from the 2014-15 year.

MIW:  571
GMS 4-5:  307
GMS 6-8:  496
GHS:  667

I would like to recognize Phil Blake and Larry Lare at the transportation department for earning the district a flawless state inspection for our 28-vehicle bus fleet.  This inspection report is unheard of in most districts and speaks volumes of our excellent mechanical skills at the bus garage.

Sally Loughlin and myself met with consultant Reed Dyer from Great Schools Partnership to plan district-level policy and communication work around proficiency.  In October, Reed will be joining us to present an update to the Board on proficiency work, including looking ahead at policy implications and communication avenues with parents and community members.

Many thanks to all of our maintenance and custodial staff members for their hard work over the summer in prepping our facilities for students and staff.  Routine annual maintenance includes cleaning, painting, floor refinishing, repairing items like bulletin boards and white boards.

Special thanks to Scott Poulin and Don Foster for overseeing a number of projects this summer, including completion of 160 work orders and ensuring that the district-wide Energy Project was completed successfully.  Siemens Industry will be presenting a concluding report to the Board later this fall on the energy project.

  • Water fountain replaced.
  • Old sinks and counter tops replaced in about 15 classrooms. 
  • Air exchange units in classrooms steam cleaned.
  • Playground area paved for 4-square and hopscotch, replacing dirt that was tracked into building.
  • Oil tank was removed due to natural gas installation.
  • A broken 1,000 lb. air conditioning coil in the grades 4-5 wing was replaced.
  • Locked cabinets in the nursing offices were installed.
  • Mold abatement in the elevator shaft, staff room, and OT room was completed due to the broken air conditioning coil leaking.
  • Pool was drained and repairs made, including a complete check of the pool vessel.
  • Gymnasium floor was sanded, lined, and refinished with a new Rangers logo painted in center court.
  • The parking lot in front of the library and pool repaved, several storm drains rebuilt, and the old yellow traffic calming fence was removed.
  • 10 new parking spaces were added as a result of the repaving and redesign of the access road.
  • Floors in downstairs pool locker rooms resurfaced.
  • Wall outside gymnasium repainted with school colors.
Welcome to our 35 new staff members (pictured below).  We have hired a talented and highly qualified cohort of teachers and support staff members who demonstrate the ideals outlined in our Strategic Plan.  To support our new staff, we have invested in a new orientation program that specifically assists staff in their 1st year of employment in the district.

I would like to thank Karen Campbell for her service as the Board of Directors chair for the last two years.  She has provided steady leadership for the Board during multiple transitions and has proven to handle this important leadership role with skillfulness and grace.  Thank you, Karen!

I wish to welcome Martha Leggat as the new chair of the MSAD #51 Board.  Martha steps in after service on the Board as vice chair last year as well as chairing the strategic planning committee in 2014-15.   Bethany Hanley steps in as the new vice chair after involvement on several Board committees, including chairing the communications committee.  Finally, I would like to thank Pete Wilson, who recently resigned, for his service on the Board over the last two years, serving on several committees and providing valuable input to the district.