Update from the Superintendent - February 17, 2023

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.
  • 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