MSAD #51 District Newsletter - February 15, 2024

From the Superintendent

porterIt seems like school vacations come at just the right time, if not a few days too late. Such is the case now as we had toward the upcoming winter break. Student and staff illness has been steady for the last couple of weeks, sparing no school or department. As we communicated earlier this week, illness has also temporarily disrupted our transportation operations with several drivers out for this reason. Even with substitute drivers pitching in to cover runs, we still were short, hence the consolidated bus runs and cancellations of other runs over the last couple weeks. Many thanks to everyone for their understanding during this time and we hope to return with healthy students and staff after the break.

On Monday, the MSAD #51 Board voted to enter into an option agreement to secure another half-acre of abutting land that would add to the 2.3 acres purchased by voters last June. This additional parcel would improve the design of the school and ensure expansion options for the facility, if needed, down the road. This option agreement must be approved by voters as part of a complete bond package on a new school project. To learn more about the status of this project, please refer to last week's newsletter.

After the break, I will continue with the Science of Reading series. If you missed the first segment, check it out here.

My best to all families and staff as we all take a mid-winter break next week. Maybe we'll see some snow soon! 

Jeff Porter

Advisory enrichment activities at GHS.

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Attendance Reporting

To further streamline our attendance reporting, families can now alert schools of their child’s late arrivals, early dismissals and full day absences through the PowerSchool Parent Portal by following these instructions.  

Note: Under Maine Statute §5001-A, planned absences require administrator pre-approval.  Therefore, these may not be reported in the portal and still require completion of a Planned Absence Form.

Attendance can still be reported with an email or phone call to your child’s school office.

Free Bus Driving Class

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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).

March 4 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (

Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos

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.

Greely's Got Talent

Ranger Basketball Playoffs

Fight Food Waste


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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