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MSAD #51 District Newsletter - August 13, 2020

posted Aug 13, 2020, 2:01 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Aug 13, 2020, 2:02 PM ]

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

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

Livestreaming Update

We now have a better picture of our ability to move ahead with livestreaming.  Given the funds available for this project, the estimated costs, and timetables available by vendors, unfortunately we have to scale back some of our initial goals for providing this learning tool.  Please know that we would like to provide this opportunity for as many students as possible when they are not physically in the school building, but given the above stated reasons, the district is prioritizing livestreaming for grades 6-12 at this time.

  1. Board has a proposal before it on Monday evening to approve $869,000 for livestreaming using CARES funds allocated to MSAD #51.Funds will cover expenses only for GHS and GMS 6-8.
  2. An integrated package of high-resolution cameras, microphones, and multiple pre-sets is included in a classroom package.
  3. Enhanced fiber, doubling gigabytes of bandwidth, and increased network access points are part of this package.  
  4. G-suite Enterprise for Education can be used for all classrooms across the district, notwithstanding if classrooms are livestream-capable.
  5. Livestreaming will not be available for students who are fully remote by choice at this time.
  6. Some classrooms will pilot test livestreaming sooner than later at GHS.  There will be no pilot testing at GMS 6-8.
  7. Full implementation of live streaming is on a timetable determined by vendor demand and schedules.  The date for full implementation is TBA, but could be November.

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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 7:00 pm in the Gyger Room at GHS unless otherwise noted.

August 17 - Board Retreat (untelevised), 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Outside at Greely High School

Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Director's Meeting Videos


Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule


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Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
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