MSAD #51 District Newsletter - June 6, 2024

From the Superintendent

It couldn't have been a more beautiful afternoon for a graduation ceremony. Last Sunday, 149 members of the Greely Class of 2024 walked across the outdoor amphitheater to receive their diplomas, turn their tassels, and join the 143 years of Greely alum who preceded them. The Class of 2024 is known for its talent, hard work, leadership, kindness, and decency. They left their mark on GHS and MSAD #51, and we are all better for it. Thank you, a fond farewell, and very best wishes, Class of 2024!

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Monte Selby will be joining Greely Middle School as the new grades 6-8 Principal, replacing Mar-E Trebilcock, who will be assuming the role of Director of Academic Services for the district. Both administrators will begin their new positions in July.  

A reminder that two referendum questions are before voters this coming Tuesday, June 11: The 2024-25 budget and proposed new primary school/ one campus project. If you are searching for the facts about this project, please refer to the information below and on the district's school project webpage (see link below).

  • School enrollment projections from 2009 predicting a large decrease never materialized.
  • Four subsequent independent enrollment studies conducted in 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2023 have all confirmed increasing student enrollment for at least the next decade.
  • Mabel I. Wilson School exceeded its capacity limit beginning in 2015.
  • Greely Middle School exceeded its capacity limit beginning in 2021.
  • 34% of all PK-8 students are learning in temporary space right now, with 29 modular classrooms in use.
  • Without a permanent solution, by 2034 the percentage of PK-8 students learning in modular classrooms will reach 52%.
  • Lease payments for modular classrooms now cost MSAD 51 taxpayers $563,836 annually.
  • Lease payments, absent a permanent plan, will cost $934,000 annually by 2034 in order to accommodate projected enrollment.
  • The district has already expended $3,857,039 over the last decade on temporary space leases and accompanying setup costs.
  • Absent a permanent plan, temporary space will cost an additional $6,987,796 over the next 10 years. 
  • Temporary space will cost $10,844,835 over the 19-year period between 2015-34 without a new school building.
  • The proposed on-campus plan is $20 million less than the 80 Gray Rd. project design that failed at the polls in 2022.
  • One-time operating expense increases for the new school are 44% less than the 80 Gray Rd. project.
  • The proposed plan addresses multiple improvement areas on campus, including the need for a 4th school facility, addition and renovation at MIW, parking and traffic upgrades, new maintenance building, and turf field to extend play space on campus.
  • The proposed plan has built-in expansion points at the new primary school, MIW, and GMS that can respond to unanticipated enrollment increases in the future.
  • The proposed plan allows the district to continue the one-campus model that has been in place since 2014. Without any one of the components listed above, this plan would not be adequate in retaining the one-campus design.
  • The financial plan for this project has been carefully staged between 2026-32 in order to take full advantage of a major drop in debt service scheduled for 2031-32, softening the tax effect in any given year. Use the tax impact calculator provided at the link below to generate your own home's estimated tax effect related to this project.

In order to help make the most informed decisions at the polls on June 11, please refer to 2024-25 budget and School Project for all information related to these two critically important referendum items. 

Jeff Porter


Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent's Report

In case you missed it click HERE to see the latest Superintendent's Report.

Employee of the Year Recipient!

We are pleased to announce this years, MSAD #51 Employee of the Year recipient is....

Cherrie MacInnes!

Cherrie is a grade 4 teacher.  Her colleagues report that she is someone who lights up the room and she makes everyone around her feel special. She goes above and beyond and is constantly providing enriching lessons and activities for the whole 4th grade team. Her passion for teaching and advocating for her students and staff alike is always at the forefront. 

Last Day of School Reminder

Please note that the last day of school is Friday, June 14. Early dismissal times will be as follows: Grades K-5 will be dismissed at 12:30 PM; Grades 6-12 will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. As a reminder Wednesday, June 12 is a full day of school.

School Calendar

Reminder that next school year will begin after Labor Day. Click HERE to view the school calendar.

Cumberland Ultimate is a ‘Three-Peat’ State Champion!

Congratulations to the girls ultimate team on their third straight State Championship!

Greely Gazette

The GMS 4-5 Newspaper Club published the spring edition of The Greely Gazette last week. 

Stay Connected 

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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).

June 17 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (

Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos


Budget Information 2024-25

Detailed budget information can be found on the District's website at:

Make sure to vote Tuesday, June 11, 2024

A reminder to exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, June 11 at the polling stations. There are two separate ballots involving MSAD #51 for consideration: The proposed 2024-25 Budget, and the proposed new primary school project. For more information, please click HERE

School Building Project Information

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

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2023 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

Greely Center for the Arts Events


If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Melissa Porter for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

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