Announcements

Mission/Vision Survey

posted Nov 14, 2017, 9:37 AM by Jay Robinson

Dear Community Members:

We are in the process of re-visiting our District's Vision/Mission statement. In order to create a vision that is reflective of our entire community, I am asking that anyone who is interested take a moment and fill out this survey. Thank you in advance for taking the time to provide your feedback and insights. 

Jay Robinson
Superintendent of Schools

Residency Information

posted Oct 24, 2017, 9:24 AM by Heather Sheehan   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 9:26 AM ]

Please read the attached document for some important information regarding Residency.

State Testing Results

posted Oct 23, 2017, 9:49 AM by Kelly Bowles   [ updated Oct 26, 2017, 9:07 AM ]

Maine’s public school students in grades 3-8 and in the third year of high school are required by both state and federal law to be assessed each year in mathematics and English language arts (ELA)/literacy.  They are further required to be assessed in science at grades 5 and 8, and in the third year of high school.

We have received the results from the Spring 2017 testing. You can view the results by school on their websites or via the link below.


Information about each of these assessments can be found here:

·       Sample eMPowerME items: https://maine.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org/sample-items/

·       The full SAT released assessment:  http://maine.gov/doe/assessment/math-ela/index.html

·       Released MEA Science items:  https://www.maine.gov/doe/mea/resources/released/index.html

Student performance on the MEA is reported in four achievement levels:

·       Level 4:         Above State Expectations

·       Level 3:         At State Expectations

·       Level 2:         Below State Expectations

·       Level 1:         Well Below State Expectations

Overall results by school, by district and for the whole state can be found at:  https://lms.backpack.education/public/maine.


While no single test can give a complete picture of a child’s achievement, the MEA, combined with other information (e.g., school grades and daily schoolwork), can help us all better understand the progress of our students.  These assessments can help schools review and improve curriculum.  The results can highlight areas where a particular student needs additional support, where he or she has mastered the content, and where the student might be challenged to go deeper into the subject matter.  Teachers can use the information to guide their instruction and provide more individualized learning opportunities for students.  Parents can use the information to help support their child at home and guide discussions with their child’s teacher.


We are confident that the quality instruction delivered by our committed educators, along with your support, can help our students meet and exceed the expectations Maine has established for their learning.  We encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions you have about the MEA or your child’s progress.

Molly Ockett Grades Back to School NightS and Open House Tours

posted Aug 28, 2017, 3:58 AM by Kelly Bowles   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 4:31 AM ]

There will be a "Back to School Night" for Grades 5-8 on August 31, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM!

First Day packets will be handed out to parents at this time.  The MOS PTA will have an information table along with our UA teachers!

We hope to see everyone there.

Grades PreK - 4 will have their Back to School Night on September 5, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM.  

There will also be student led tours of the Molly Ockett School Building from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

FY18 BUDGET MEETINGS

posted Mar 31, 2017, 12:56 PM by Heather Sheehan   [ updated Mar 31, 2017, 1:38 PM ]

                                                     
                                                                                               

FY17 Budget

posted May 13, 2016, 6:26 AM by Jay Robinson   [ updated May 13, 2016, 10:51 AM ]



At last Wednesday's regular meeting of the MSAD 72 School Board, the Board approved a proposed FY17 budget of $17,199,140. This represents a 2.13% increase over the current budget without the debt service for the school construction project and a 4.71% increase overall. The process we utilize to create the budget relies on staff members, administrators, and the Board of Directors working together to assure that our budget supports the needs of students and staff members while at the same time being fiscally responsible.


There were many financial challenges presented by this year’s budget. The first challenge was a $468,000 loss in subsidy. According to the Department of Education, this is because “the costs for education have increased at a higher rate than the available State subsidy.” This means that more of the costs for education are passed on to local towns.


Impacts on next year’s budget include: a $423,000 increase to make two interest payments on the bond for the building project, a $185,000 increase to cover our contractual obligations to Fryeburg Academy for secondary education costs, a $315,500 increase in special-education costs, $52,000 to purchase a new bus to maintain the integrity of our fleet, $38,000 for a new (used) plow truck, and the fact that we have $150,000 less Balance Forward to apply to this year’s budget. Through close scrutiny of all part of the budget and careful planning, we have reduced this potential $1,163,000 increase to an overall increase of $773,500 dollars.


We strongly believe that a 4.71% budget-to-budget increase, with 2.58% of that being debt service for the building project, is reasonable as it helps us maintain key positions, helps us continue to meet the needs of students, and helps us minimize the increased demand on local taxpayers. This 4.71% increase in the budget results in a 5.17% ($588,920) increase in costs to our towns, which is unavoidable given the decrease in available State funding for education.  


If you would like to attend an information session next week, those will be at the following locations and at the following times:

Informational Meetings:

Tuesday, May 17                   New Suncook Informational Meeting (6:30 PM)

Wednesday, May 18             Brownfield-Denmark Informational Meeting (6:30 PM)

Thursday, May 19                 MOMS Informational Meeting (6:30 PM)


Also, attached to this post you can find copies of each warrant article of the proposed budget, a copy of the budget-to-budget increases/decreases, and the town assessments. I hope to see you at an informational meeting and that you come to the May 25th Budget Meeting at Molly Ockett Middle School to support this budget.


                                                                                                                                 Jay Robinson

                                                                                                                                MSAD 72 Superintendent



New Wellness Policy

posted Oct 29, 2015, 8:17 AM by Heather Sheehan   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 6:23 AM ]

M.S.A.D#72 has updated its Student Wellness Policy JL. It was approved by the School Board on November 4th. Please take a moment to read it over as the policy is full of important information.

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