May 1, 2017

  • Greely High School Recognized
    U.S. News & World Report ranked 22,000 U.S. high schools using the criteria below.  Greely High School was ranked #4 in Maine and #963 in the United States (top 4% nationally).  

  • Criteria used to review high schools for state and national rankings:
    • STEP 1 | Students perform better than expected in their state.

      We looked at reading and math results for students on each state's proficiency tests and then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, who tend to score lower.
    • STEP 2 | Disadvantaged students perform better than state average.

      We compared each school's math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students - black, Hispanic and low-income - with the statewide results for these student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than their state averages.
    • STEP 3 | Student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard.

      We excluded schools from consideration if their graduation rates were lower than 75 percent.
    • STEP 4 | Students are prepared for college-level coursework.

      We calculated a College Readiness Index, which is based on the school's AP participation rate and how well the students did on those tests. 

    Staff Appreciation Week
    The week of May 1-5 is national School Staff Appreciation Week.  Please take a moment to thank your child's teacher, ed. tech., bus driver, food service worker, custodian, principal, or any other staff member.  Our staff are your child's greatest resource and they deserve our praise and appreciation!

    Proficiency Workshop
    Curriculum Director Sally Loughlin and myself held a workshop for about 40 parents last week on the topic of proficiency-based education and its implementation in MSAD #51.  Maine law requires that all students graduate with a proficiency-based diploma by the year 2021.  I wish to thank all of these busy parents for giving us their time to learn more about this important topic and what it means for their child-and every child-in our schools. Special thanks to Board member Vickie Bell, GHS Principal Dan McKeone, and Great Schools Partnership coach Reed Dyer for also attending this event.

    Special Olympics Team 
    Scotty Wentzell with Ed Tech Katie Shelley
    Adam Jacobson

    Congratulations to all 21 Greely Special Olympians who took part in the Cumberland County Special Olympics track meet at Bonny Eagle High School on Friday, April 28.  Pictured are two student athletes from the Greely team.

    College, Career & Education Readiness
    Melissa Fowler and the GHS guidance office last week took the entire freshman class to USM as part of intentional efforts to have our students thinking about post-secondary education early in their high school experience.  This is part of our overall readiness planning that takes place beginning in a student's freshman year.

    Budget Recap
    Here is a recap of the FY 18 budget's major highlights:
    • Current student enrollment:  2,024
    • Projected student enrollment August 2017:  2,028
    • Total proposed budget is $35,950,197
    • Budget represents expenditure increase of 2.83%
    • 4th lowest expenditure budget in last 25 years
    • Total anticipated revenue down $482,154 or -3.87%
    • Anticipated state subsidy loss of $464,586
    • Reductions made to current operating budget: $476,562
    • Administrative requests trimmed:  $420,590
    • Reallocated funds:  $152,000
    • Total funds diverted from Strategic Plan:  $897,152
    • Targeted funds to classroom:  74% of budget (state is 68%)
    • Tax assessment proposed at $23,979,920
    • Per-pupil tax assessment is $11,848
    • Cumberland tax increase is 3.56% or $238 on $350,000 home
    • North Yarmouth tax increase is 3.90% or $241.50 on $350,000 home
    • District Budget meeting is Thursday, May 18 @ 7pm
    • Referendum is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13

    Performing Arts Center Update 
    • The PAC project has received approval from the DEP.
    • Expected approval from the Planning Board should occur in June.
    • Design documents are completed.
    • Construction documents are 50% completed.
    • All site reviews have been completed.
    • The project is expected to go out to bid soon.
    • Scheduled ground-breaking will occur in September.