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Equity Leadership Steering Committee

Mission Statement

The Equity Leadership Steering Committee promotes continuous learning, skill building, and dialogue in MSAD #51 to create an anti-racist, inclusive community.

Shared Definition of Equity

Equity is a dynamic system that addresses past and present inequalities and constantly evaluates conditions to ensure that all people have unhindered access to the resources and opportunities that enable them to thrive.

2021-2022 Meeting Schedule Coming Soon!

Phase II of Equity Work in MSAD #51

Read full newsletter post HERE

On October 18, Superintendent Porter 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.

Feedback & Contact Information

We are always looking for feedback. Please review the activities of each school

and the district to date below, and submit thoughts or suggestions to Nick Whiston

and Tyler McGinley, committee co-chairs. Contact information below:

Nick Whiston - nicholasswhiston@gmail.com 

Tyler McGinley- tmcginley@msad51.org

Committee Members

Nick Whiston, Parent Representative, Co-Chair

Tyler McGinley, Parent Representative & Board Member, Co-Chair

Ann Maksymowicz, Parent Representative & Board Member

Jennifer Stewart, Parent Representative & Board Member

Jeff Porter, Superintendent of Schools

Riley Perkins, GHS Student Representative

Avery Olsen, GHS Student Representative & Student Board Member

Ruby Maze, GHS Student Representative

Maya Douglas, GHS Student Representative

Mar-E Trebilcock, Principal GMS 6-8

Katie Campbell, Social Worker, GMS 4-5 Representative

Mia Sargent, 1st Grade Teacher, MIW Representative

Bobbi Goodwin, School Counselor, GMS 6-8 Representative

Ken Lanik, Parent Representative


Superintendent Porter's Comprehensive Update - September 24, 2020

Letter from Superintendent Jeff Porter - June 3, 2020

Statement from Committee - June 1, 2020