MSAD #51 District Newsletter - May 16, 2024

From the Superintendent

porterOver the last four weeks, we have offered a public virtual series around the new school and campus redesign project in order to provide more information about the overall school and campus design, turf field, curriculum/programming, and safety features. I wish to thank our guests who presented valuable information about these aspects of the project, including Architects Stephen Blatt and Doug Breer, Engineers Pat Carroll and Andy Johnston, Athletic Director David Shapiro, Dr. Steve Barr, Dr. Adam Wagner, Police Chief Chip Rumsey, Police Captain Mindy Coe, Officer Amie Owen, Officer Eric Bell, MIW Principal Cory Munsey, MIW Assistant Principal Mallory Orzechowski, Director of Instructional Support Julie Olsen, and Assistant Director of Instructional Support Carla Fancy.

Tonight, we will host the final segment that will dig into aspects of the project budget, the bond financing plan, and what it means for taxpayers. If you missed the previous sessions, you can view them below:

School & Campus Design
Turf Field Presentation
Safety (on campus & in school)
Curriculum Committee Meeting

An aspect of the project that has exciting implications for student learning in the new PK-1 school is the concept of neighborhoods, or learning pods, consisting of four classrooms that are grouped together. The current school design includes six of these pods, with expansion capability to include two more pods, allowing the facility to feel smaller for our youngest students. This structure also allows teachers to collaborate more seamlessly within a smaller space with an attached small group room designed to accommodate small group support, projects, and academic interventions. 

Jeff Porter

Congratulations to Asja Kelman who scored her 100+ goal yesterday during the Greely girls lacrosse senior night!

Greely Seniors Abigail Jacobson, Molly Mulligan, Charles Anania and Jonah Guibord have announced their plans to compete in college at a recognition ceremony earlier this month.

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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

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 can be accessed from the GHS parking lot (the side without the electronic sign).

May 20 - Regular Meeting

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Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos

School Building Project Information

For comprehensive information regarding the School Building Project, please visit the project page at:

Reminder this Evening!

Don't forget about the following dates:

Community Partners

Our Community Partners are strong supporters of various areas of the school.  Without them, our students would not have many of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they receive.


Community Notices

Community Notices are not affiliated with MSAD #51.  Please contact the organization directly with any questions.  For a full listing of Community Notices, please click HERE.

GMS Drama club is proud to present The Alibis.


Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2023 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

Greely Center for the Arts Events


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