MSAD #51 District Newsletter - April 25, 2024

From the Superintendent

porterUS News & World Report released their 2024 Best High School rankings this week. For the 4th year in a row, GHS was again named Maine's #1 high school, according to US News criteria. This recognition is impressive in its consistency for this length of time and speaks well to the academic rigor of GHS and the entire MSAD #51 school community. Find out more at US News Rankings-GHS.It is important to note that single data sources are most useful to schools and districts when they are part of a larger comprehensive data portfolio. MSAD #51 regularly reviews all of its quantitative and qualitative performance data which can be found at the MSAD #51 Annual Report webpage.

This past week, the first in a four-part virtual series on topics related to the proposed new primary school and long-term campus upgrade plan was held, with architect Doug Breer and engineer Pat Carroll presenting. On Wednesday, May 1 @ 6:30 PM the next topic will address the synthetic turf field and its place in the overall project. Please see the flier below for additional information about this session, along with other virtual and in-person engagement opportunities open to the public to learn more about the Board's proposal that will be on the June 11 ballot for voter consideration.

The Board adopted the 2024-25 budget this week and has sent it to voters for approval at the district budget meeting on May 9 (step 1) and budget referendum on June 11 (step 2). This budget calls for a modest tax increase of 3.13% in North Yarmouth and 3.98% in Cumberland in order to support a district with continuing overall growth in student enrollment, rising costs associated with temporary classroom space, and increases in staff salaries and benefits, which account for 81% of the entire budget. Despite these challenges, efforts have been made to reduce spending with three teaching positions slated for elimination in order to revert back to pre-pandemic class sizes.

As the days get longer and the weather grows warmer, many of the customary events that define the latter part of the school year will begin in earnest. In this season of excitement and high energy, it can sometimes feel overwhelming at times. Keeping this all in perspective, avoiding overcommitment, and taking time to recharge and regroup can be important reminders for all students, staff, and families in order to stay healthy and balanced.   

Jeff Porter

Check out the renderings of the proposed PK-1 school.

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent's Report

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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).

May 9 - District Budget Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (

Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos


Budget Information 2024-25

Detailed budget information can be found on the District's website at:

District Budget Meeting Reminder

The District Budget meeting is on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM at the Greely Center for the Arts. Registration begins at 6:30 PM. You must be present to vote.


School Building Project Information

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

Save the Dates

Turf Field Virtual Information Session

Click Here to Participate.  Click Here to Watch.

Site Walk

Safety Virtual Information Session


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.

Fill a Bus Fill a Belly

Help us unload the bus at the Food Pantry on Saturday 4/27, 7:30-8:30am. Many hands make light work, and it is always a lot of fun! Sign up to volunteer:

K-12 Staff Appreciation Week 


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.

Charlie Moore and local artist Nick Prato live at the GCA, Friday April 26

Mental Health Matters 5K

Greely's Got Talent 2024

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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