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MSAD #51 District Newsletter - October 7, 2021

posted Oct 7, 2021, 1:19 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Oct 7, 2021, 1:20 PM ]

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

We Are Hiring!   

MSAD #51 is seeking candidates to join one of Maine’s premier school districts in the following immediate openings:

FULL-TIME SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS - Positions available at all education levels; prefer 5 day per week commitment - $150 per full day


LONG TERM SUBSTITUTE GIFTED & TALENTED TEACHER - K-8 for Language Arts and Social Studies

Multiple positions available working with functional life skills and behavior classrooms

Multiple positions available working with functional life skills and behavior classrooms

Mabel I. Wilson School (PK-3) and Greely Middle School 4-5; these are regular education positions

CUSTODIAN - Full time, year round, 2nd shift

FOOD SERVICE WORKERS - Positions available for 3-5.5 hours per day

Full-time, district wide position; the Technology Support Specialist’s duties include resolving technical issues, maintaining hardware and software installations, and improving those systems.

To apply, go to https://msad51.tedk12.com/hire

MSAD #51 includes the towns of Cumberland and North Yarmouth. The district educates 2,129 students.

MSAD #51 is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Phase II of Equity Work in MSAD #51

We want all of our students to feel welcomed and as fully prepared as possible when they graduate from our schools, values that MSAD 51's mission statement, Strategic Plan, and the Maine Learning Results echo.  See this link for more information on how equity is tied to citizenship in a global society.  To learn more about Maine’s commitment to teaching equity in all its schools, read the DOE Joint Statement of Commitment and Support for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Maine Schools

As you know, Phase I of the district’s focus on equity work began in 2019 after a series of race-related issues surfaced in our schools. Since then, equity work has largely entailed awareness and educational opportunities, along with seeking direction on how our schools become more equitable places for all students to learn and grow in an increasingly interdependent global society.

As we enter Phase II of the district’s equity work, with outcomes clearly established, I am recommending direct facilitated support for the district’s equity steering committee in 2021-22 in order to support the strategic priority of equity and the Board’s corresponding annual goals that include the items below: 

  1. Adopt policy ACA: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education
  2. Review and implement a long-term District equity plan along with goals and target dates of accomplishments through recommendations from the Equity LSC and community engagement opportunities.
  3. Professional development for all Board members, completed by the end of the 21/22 school year.

On October 18, I will be recommending that the Board approve hiring Lawrence Alexander, Search Consultant and Practice Leader for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Carney-Sandoe & Associates, an educational leadership consulting firm located in Boston: https://www.carneysandoe.com. Given the intensity of equity work in this community over the last couple of years, I feel strongly that operationalized support is critical in achieving the district’s strategic focus and the Board’s equity goals for the year. 

Mr. Alexander has worked with other area school districts, including Yarmouth, Windham-Raymond, and RSU 21 (Kennebunk) all within the last couple of years in the area of equity. Additionally, he has done work for the Maine Superintendents’ Association and was their keynote speaker at the Winter Convocation in January 2021. He is recognized as an expert on equity practices in school settings.

Lawrence will be joining the Board meeting virtually on October 18 to provide an introduction, overview, and answer any questions the Board may have about his work. If you have questions that you would like him to address at the Board meeting, please share them HERE no later than Thursday, October 14. 

Smash the Stigma! Hope Garden Planting Event

We are partnering with the Yellow Tulip Project to bring our next event to the community.  The Yellow Tulip Project is fiercely dedicated to helping people know that there are ways to get help, people there for them and that circumstances can and will change.  The yellow tulip represents happiness and hope. The Yellow Tulip Project wants to help other realize that even in the darkest places, hope is always there and suicide should never be an option. https://theyellowtulipproject.org/

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COVID-19 Cases

Below is a snapshot of the current positive COVID-19 cases.  For more information, including updated information regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Information Center at: https://sites.google.com/msad51.org/covid-19-information-center

Current COVID-19 Cases


MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 6:30 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.

October 18 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo).

Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule


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 Fran Prentice 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
info@msad51.org   |    207.829.4800