MSAD #51 District Newsletter - February 17, 2023


From the Superintendent

Now that the Board of Directors has approved a 5-year Short-Term Facilities Plan that will provide additional modular classroom space to handle the current and projected enrollment increases, MSAD #51 is turning its attention to developing a long-term plan for permanently solving the space issue as a result of the failed bond referendum in November. In order to help with understanding the need for a long-term solution, here are some key points to consider:

• The district's overall enrollment has been increasing since 2015. Projections from 2009       showing a decrease in enrollment never occurred.
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• Three enrollment reports conducted in 2016, 2019, and 2022 have confirmed increasing             enrollment for the foreseeable future.
• MSAD #51 is a 4-facility school district and is currently short by one facility for the current and    project enrollment needs. 
• The district is projected to gain another 350 students by 2031-32 above today's enrollment.
• We have exceeded capacity at Mabel I. Wilson School since 2015.
• Mabel I. Wilson School has increased by 225 students since 2015 with 779 students expected in 2023-24.
• We have exceeded capacity at Greely Middle School since 2021.
• Greely Middle School will begin a rapid enrollment expansion beginning in 2024-25, with over 1,000 students 
   in grades 4-8 expected within 5 years, up 215 students from the current school population.
• The school campus will have 29 modular classrooms starting in August 2023.

I want to wish all of our students, staff, and families a wonderful upcoming winter break.

Jeff Porter

Risk Takers Student of the Month
GHS Students of the Month - Risk Takers.
Left: 12th: Victor Caiazzo. 9th: Emma Stein. 10th: Emma Craft. 12th: RubySkye Maze. 11th: Aidan Volk


Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

School Building Project

Here's the link to the building page on our website: This includes a link to the video clip presentation on the Short-term Plan and the discussion from Monday night's Board workshop around the long-term plan. This page will become the hub for communication related to enrollment increases and space constraints going forward.

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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Effective August 22, unless otherwise noted, all meetings will take place at 6:00 pm in the Gyger Room at Greely High School.  For those of you unfamiliar with that room, the Gyger Room is where the Board met pre-COVID and can be accessed from the GHS parking lot (the side without the electronic sign).

March 6 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (

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

Greely Center for the Arts Events


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