Central Office Summer Hours

Please be advised that the MSAD 11 Central Office hours will change for the summer. From June 22nd through August 21st, the Central Office will observe the following hours:

Monday - Thursday, 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, Closed

Be Ready for Reading!

We are all excited for those lazy, hazy summer days of reading. When it is too hot to do anything or those gentle rains are coming down, don't forget to have a book ready for reading. Sometimes summer slides occur in reading skills, continuing to read is a great way to keep those skills on level and growing. Gardiner Public Library is offering a summer reading program for elementary students. Stop by to get involved in their program. Happy reading and all of the MSAD 11 librarians can't wait to discuss your reading adventures when you return this fall.

For the Love of Reading

Maria Padian, recipient of the prestigious Maine Library Association 2013 Juvenile/Young Adult Lupine Award for her novel Out of Nowhere, visited three of Ms. Gingras's Freshman English classes at GAHS. The author's tea featured Somali style tea and flatbread. Students were eager to discuss the book with the author and get the inside scoop. They urged Ms. Padian to continue writing young adult novels, and even made suggestions for a sequel. Sharing her research process on the Somali immigration to Lewiston, ME, was valuable and timely for their literary memoir assignment. One student expressed, "I fell in love with the character Myla, as much as Tom did." Another student read in character a passage from the book at the urging of his classmates. Impressed with the level of student preparedness, Ms. Padian plans to adjust her website to include author visit materials thanks to the feedback from the students. They look forward to the next great book to love as much as this one.

No Policy Committee Meeting Tonight - June 4, 2015

There will be no Policy Committee Meeting tonight, June 4, 2015.

2015 Budget Report

Please click on the attachment below to access the 2015 MSAD11 Budget Report.

GAHS Civil Rights Team Teaches Students in Windsor

The GAHS Civil Rights Team was invited to Windsor Elementary School on May 8th to teach over 200 students in grades 3 through 8 what "bias" is and how to avoid it. Accompanied by 2014 CRT Alumnus Nate MacDonald, team members Kylie Peacock, Josh Mathews, Mariah Lang, Robert Blier, Jillian Moore, and Melanie Mansir dazzled the younger students in presentations that included a slide show, interactive games, and Dr. Seuss's "The Sneetches." Our CRT was such a hit that Windsor students now want to start their own civil rights team ! Bravo, CRT!

MSAD 11 Teacher Wins Kennebec County Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Gretchen Nickerson, Grade 4 Teacher at the Helen Thompson School, the 2015 Kennebec Country Teacher of the Teacher! We are so proud!

GAHS Student Wins Award for Her Video!

The Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine has chosen Emma Hickey, a GAHS student, as their 2015 Schlossberger Outstanding Student of the Year for her video "Drop the Gender Mask." Emma will be honored at a banquet in South Portland at the end of May. Thank you to teacher Rob Munzing for his efforts to support her work. Congratulations to Emma on such an outstanding achievement!

From the Desk of Pat Hopkins: 2015-16 Budget Letter to MSAD 11 Staff

April 27, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

The MSAD 11 School Board recently approved the 2015-2016 Proposed Budget. The continued reduction of state subsidy and the shift of MePERS from the state to local school districts made this year’s budget especially challenging.

Thanks to the hard work of Andrea Disch, Business Manager, Jon Stonier, Director of Operations and Maintenance, and the entire administrative team, the Board approved a proposed budget that equates to a $94,723 or .42% increase.

The 2015-2016 proposed budget of $22,771,000 represents a 1.55% or $348,000 increase over the current budget. It is important to note, however, that the budget includes incentive rebates from Efficiency Maine in the amount of $253,000 that is budget neutral; the amount is budgeted as both revenue and expense. Excluding both the Efficiency Maine Rebate revenue and expense, the actual increase to the budget is .42%.

The 2015-2016 Proposed Budget reflects an overall increase to the District’s municipalities of $480,870.26 or 5.5%. A major reason for the increase to taxpayers is the raising of the Mill Rate by the State from 8.10 to 8.48, as proposed in the Governor’s Budget. This shift requires local taxpayers to raise an additional $335,438 in order to receive State Subsidy. Included also, is the shift requiring local districts to pay an additional 0.71%, or $81,105, to MePERS for teacher retirements, monies that had previously been paid by the State. Had our state subsidy remained the same as last year, we would be looking at only a $64,327.26 increase to taxpayers.

Below are many of the changes made in the budget to reach just a 0.42% increase:

Increases:
• Salary, as contracted
• 3 District Elementary Educational Technicians

Reductions:
• -1.8% health insurance reduction
• 1 Elementary Teacher Position
• 1 Middle School Special Education Teacher Position
• Additional Laptops for Educational Technicians and/or students

You Can't Take It With You

The cast & crew of the GAHS Drama Club's spring production You Can't Take It With You played to enthusiastic audiences April 8th through the 11th. Honored for their service to the group on closing night were Seniors Aimee Tarrio, Isaac Boissonneau, Kelsey Holwerda, Robert Blier, Samantha Beneski, Matt Weed, Olivia Merrill, Amy Fortier-Brown, Adam Fortier-Brown, Tori Butler, Mariah Lang, Andrew Moran, and Kylie Peacock. Congratulations to the cast on an excellent performance!

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