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!

GAHS Drama Club Proudly Presents: "You Can't Take It With You"

The GAHS Drama Club proudly presents:
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
a classic comedy in Three Acts
by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman

* April 8 @ 3pm
* April 9, 10, & 11 @ 7pm
* Little Theater
* Students & Seniors $5; Adults $7

To reserve tickets, please email Christina Benedict @ cbenedict@msad11.org

A Letter from the Central Office on Smarter Balanced/MEA Testing

March 24, 2015

Dear MSAD 11 Families,

As many of you know, students in grades 3-8 and 11 are tested each year in math, English language arts (ELA), and science. For the past five years, these state mandated assessments were the SAT, NECAP, and the Science Maine Educational Assessment (MEA). Beginning this year, however, Maine chose to give the MEA in ELA and math developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. This new ELA and math MEA exam will be administered in grades 3-8 and 11. The Science MEA will continue and will assess grades 5, 8, and 11. While the SAT is no longer a requirement for juniors, it will still be offered for those who choose to take it. These assessment changes came about to ensure that the new Common Core standards being taught in Maine classrooms were directly linked to the exams students were given. Both the standards and the assessments are changes that intend to help students become more college and career ready.

District Calendar

The MSAD11 District Calendar for the year 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school year is attached below.

GAHS Senior One of Five State Finalists in the Poetry Out Loud Competition!

Thursday, 3/12/15, at the Waterville Opera House, GAHS student Mariah Lang took control of the mic once again for the Poetry Out Loud Competition! Out of ten Regional Champions at the state level, she moved on to round 3, and was one of the top Five State Finalists. She was phenomenal! We are so proud of her.

Over 10,000 students throughout Maine competed at classroom and school-wide levels this year. Maine is one of the few states with such high numbers of student participation.

If you'd like to listen to the competitors, use this link : http://news.mpbn.net/pos...

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