Showing posts from May, 2016

Message May 16, 2016

We received RFQs from 8 architectural firms interested in working on a concept design for the Performing Arts Center.  A subcommittee of the facilities committee has narrowed the list to 4 firms that will be interviewed in the near future as part of the selection process.  Once an architect is hired, a building committee will be formed to begin development of a concept design.
The finance committee approved up to $135,000 in funds under Policy DJ to support minor renovations at MIW that will take place over the summer to reconfigure internal space and create additional classrooms, small group areas, and offices.  The district has been working with architect Steve Blatt's office to design these spaces and is interviewing two local contractors for the project.
The district budget meeting will be held this Thursday, May 19 @ 7pm at GHS.  Registration begins at 6:30pm. This meeting is open to all registered voters in Cumberland and North Yarmouth.

The Evening of Excellence was held l…

Message May 2, 2016

The FY 17 budget was approved 8-0 on May 2 by the MSAD #51 Board of Directors.  The budget stands at $34,959,382 with a variance of $1,182,543, or a 3.50% increase over the current year.  The tax impact reflects a 1.1% increase in both towns.  For the owner of a $350,000 home in Cumberland, it means an increase of $70/ year and for the owner of a similar home in North Yarmouth it equals an increase of $66.50/year.

Please help!We have had several recent reports of drivers passing school buses with their flashing lights loading or unloading children.  This is a significant safety concern that continues to provide a challenge to our students and bus drivers.  Please pass the word about the importance of stopping a safe distance from all school buses with their red lights on.
I had an opportunity to visit 10 classrooms across the district last week.  In each one of them, I was struck by the engagement of our students and the talent of our teachers and staff.  It reminds me how fortunate our…