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NEW!  April 10, 2014

Budget Update #8

After much input from community members during the past weeks, the RSU #38 School Board spent the greater part of the April 9, 2014 School Board meeting deliberating various proposed elements of the FY15 budget.  Some of these elements include activity fees, eliminating two teaching positions by moving the fifth grade students to the middle school, PreK offerings, and technology support. 

Using the mission statement, “a caring school community dedicated to excellence”, and the RSU #38 Guiding Principles, along with the three budget goals, the School Board deliberated and made decisions on each element in light of the ($212,703) expenditure amount as it stood at the beginning of the meeting.  For a 0% increase the expenditure amount would equal ($150,000). The Board voted to add the two elementary teachers (5th grades stay in the elementary schools) back into the budget for approximately $63,000.  In addition they voted to add back into the budget the technology integrationist (K-8) position, eliminating the need to increase the technology support hours, $7,381, for an additional increase of approximately $40,000. This brings the net increase for additions to approximately $103,000 and brings the budget to approximately ($110,000) or $40,000 above the goal of ($150,000), which represents a 0% increase. 

At the April 9 meeting RSU #38 School Board members also voted to explore the possibility of moving the 5th grade to the middle school in the future, and to discuss providing PreK opportunities in each of the elementary schools, with RSU #38 funding each program.  Committees will be appointed to study ach of these areas.

According to the RSU #38 Budget Workshop schedule, Board approval for the budget will take place at the next School Board meeting on April 16, 2014.  The Annual Meeting is scheduled for May 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.  The Budget Validation Referendum will be on June 10, 2014 at individual town’s polling locations. Again, thanks to the many citizens who attended meetings and offered input during this budget development period.

Sincerely,
Donna H. Wolfrom,
Superintendent of Schools
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Here are the links to the Superintendent Budget Updates:

Visit the updated Budget page!  Updates and new information will be added following every board meeting!
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FOOD SERVICE ONLINE PAYMENT CENTER

For a small transaction fee, you can now have the convenience of putting money in your child’s food service account online. The fee per transaction is:  
·      $1.00 for an ACH checking account payment; or
·      2.95% when using Mastercard or DiscoverCard (minimum fee $1.95)
Useful information:
·      Student’s Powerschool number needed for transaction entry
·      Pay for multiple students, in multiple schools, in one transaction, for one fee
·      Drop down menu for school selection
·      Sign up for an account to access history reports
·      Make one time payments without an account
·      Payments will post to student account the following business day
·      Link to payment center on the district website and each school’s website
·      Easy to use; works like other onlinepayment centers
·      Questions  –  Contact Brigette Williams at the Superintendent’s Office 685-3336
To get started:
·      Go to https://payments.andro-pay.com/Default.aspx?customerid=58  (You can also find this link on each school's website in the left hand navigation bar)
·      You are now on the Welcome Page to the Online Payment Center
·      Click on “Food Service” in the upper left hand corner
·      Choose “One Student” or “Two or More Students”
·      Fill in required information and click on “Add to Cart”
·      You will be given the option to createan account; log in to an existing account, or to make a “One Time Payment”
·      Follow directions on remaining screens through checkout
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Food Pantry for Maranacook Students
The new Maranacook Community High School Food Pantry would appreciate your help!  We have recently established a small pantry (to be housed with the Black Bear Boutique) and seek donations of food items or cash in order to help our students.  Cash is most helpful so we can shop for what we find our students can use most easily, but we are grateful for boxes or cans of mac and cheese or other pasta, canned fruit, or other items that would require minimal preparation.

We know of students who go hungry on weekends and school breaks.  If we can send them home with a few easy-to-prepare items, then we know that they will have at least a few meals to get them through.  Hungry kids have too many immediate issues that get in the way of learning.

For further information, or to donate, please contact Cynthia Kuhns (Ed Tech in the high school Media Center) at 685-4923 ext. 1076, or Sandy Hunter in the Health Center, ext. 1033.  As always, thank you so much for helping our school and our community.

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ACADEMIC AWARD RECIPIENTS at Maranacook Community High School- Read more!
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Maranacook Education Foundation announces the recipients of the 2013 grant program. Congratulations to all the grant awardees! These programs will provide our students with valuable opportunities.  Click here to read all about it!  Maranacook Education Foundation needs your help! Click here to see how you can help!
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Middle School is awarded initial accreditation!

Congratulations to the staff, administration, and students at the Maranacook Community Middle School! I am happy to announce that the Maranacook Community Middle School has been awarded initial accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as a result of the report submitted by the NEASC committee that visited the middle school in the spring of 2013.  Representatives from the middle school will present the NEASC Report at the RSU #38 School Board meeting on November 20, 2013 at 6:30 at the Maranacook Community High School.  This meeting is open to the public.  Please click on this link to view the NEASC Report.

Donna H. Wolfrom
Superintendent
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“Common Core” State Education Standards-
Click on the link below to view the community presentation

(Please click on the slide to advance to the next screen and continue the presentation.)

This Common Core presentation was presented to the community on January 30, 2013 at Maranacook Community School by Sarah Caban and Barbara Bourgoine. Many requested to have it posted since they were not able to make the presentation.

For more information regarding the Common Core, visit the following websites:



Common Core in Maine

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Launch of Social Media
RSU#38 Maranacook Schools is pleased to announce the launch of a new School Messenger service that will enhance communication by allowing us to deliver information to you via SMS text messaging (Short Message Service). This service is not intended to replace our existing means of communication, rather it will supplement and enhance it.

11413_23251_0.pngThe SMS text messages will be short messages about special events, conferences, reminders, meetings, etc. that would not be sent by phone alert or posted on the web. These same messages will also be sent to Facebook and Twitter. You can "opt in" right now by sending a text message to 68453  (in the To: field) and in the message field type YES. You will immediately get a reply saying,
"You're registered to receive aprox 3 msgs/mo. Txt STOP to quit, HELP for help..."

You can choose to just Like us on Facebook and that Maranacook post will appear on your Facebook wall. You can just Follow us on Twitter and that message will show up in your feed. You can just Opt in for SMS text messages. The same message will go to all three social media services...or you can choose to do two or all three services!

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Maranacook Area Schools
RSU #38
45 Millard Harrison Drive, Readfield, ME 04355-3583
Phone: 207.685.3336 | Fax: 207.685.4703
Dr. Donna Wolfrom, Superintendent
Email: donna_wolfrom@maranacook.org
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