MSAD #51 District Newsletter - January 6, 2023


From the Superintendent

Jeff Porter

Happy 2023!
As you know, the referendum for a proposed new primary school failed in November, which means we are back to looking at all options to relieve the current and projected enrollment increases. Over the next few weeks, a short-term plan will be developed and presented to the Board on Feb. 6 for addressing enrollment for the next 3-5 years on campus. Even if a referendum were to be held again within the next year or two, it would take a year of planning, followed by 2-3 years of construction before the new school was open. 

In the meantime, we need to make some changes to the campus in order to better design the learning environment and allow for appropriate play spaces and green space for the short-term. In terms of a longer-term plan, the Board is reviewing all options and will keep you updated and involved as we go through this process. The only action taken thus far was to extend the option agreement on the land at 80 Gray Rd in North Yarmouth for up to 5 years.  The prior agreement would have expired in November and the new agreement keeps this parcel available for us if we need it. We can exit this agreement if we do not need the parcel.  We thank the land owner for keeping this option open.

Each year at this time, we compile demographic and academic data for the SAD and present a public report. Director of Academic Services Susie Robbins and I shared the 2022 Annual Report with the Board on January 3. This report gives a snapshot in time of our district's profile and is worth a look. 

Jeff Porter

Congrats to the 57 newest members of the National Honor Society who were inducted on Thursday night at a ceremony at the GCA. 11 seniors and 46 juniors took the NHS pledge for their efforts meeting the four pillars of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Many thanks to the chapter's co-advisors, Melissa Fowler and Dina Lattanzi, for their organization of the ceremony. Also thanks to NHS president RubySkye Maze for serving as master of ceremonies and GHS teacher emeritus Doug Pride for giving the keynote address.

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Staffing Changes in MSAD Office

Melissa Porter started this week as the new Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, replacing Fran Prentice, who has been in this position for several years. Fran has begun transitioning to her new role as the district's Human Resources Specialist, a position that was approved as part of the FY 2023 budget process. Melissa has experience as the administrative assistant to the Town Manager in North Yarmouth and admin assistant to the Select Board in Pownal previously. 

Superintendent's Report

Please click HERE to view the Superintendent's Report from the January 3 Board of Directors meeting.

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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Effective August 22, unless otherwise noted, 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 is where the Board met pre-COVID and can be accessed from the GHS parking lot (the side without the electronic sign).

January 17 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (

Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos


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.

CLYNK Bottle Drive - January 17-20

Let’s recycle together and raise funds for our schools! Join the Greely PTO for a CLYNK bottle drive from January 17-20th. Pick up CLYNK bags and tags from a PTO volunteer at MIW and GMS drop off or pickup during those dates. MIW students can also ask their teacher for a bag/tag and GMS students can pick up at the front office. Then it’s as easy as saving your bottles & cans from the holidays, filling the bag with them, tagging the bags and dropping them off at any CLYNK Drop-Off location. Proceeds will go directly towards MSAD51 enrichment programs! More info can be found here. Thank you for CLYNK-ing together!

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.

The Sounds of Silence - Winter Sign Ups Now Happening

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 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.

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