• EdCamp207!

    EdCamp207, March 23, 2019: Amy Tucker, Mackenzie Kelley, and Tess Cote hosted an EdCamp at MCHS on Saturday. EdCamps are free, participant-driven, with educators learning with other educators....

  • Dash Robots in Grade 3, RES!

    Students at Readfield Elementary School in Mrs. Tweedie’s class are learning coding using Dash Robots from Wonder Workshop!  Students use iPads to program commands for the robots to...

  • Maranacook Student Performs at Carnegie Hall!

    Maranacook Junior Ashley Cray recently participated in the 2019 Honors Performance Series mixed choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City. After a rigorous audition process, she was...

  • MES Art Students in Harlow Art Show

    The Harlow presents Young at Art, the 16th annual exhibition of children’s artwork on view from February 23 until March 23 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. ...

  • Students Testify in Support of School-Based Health Centers

    Dana Reynolds and Katie Ide joined Rebecca Reynolds to testify before the Health and Human Services Committee in support of state funding for School-Based Health Centers. Both...

  • Hunger Slalom Ski Race Raises $2000

    Area skiers/parents raise nearly $2000 for local food banks in Maranacook/Kents Hill Hunger Slalom ski race held March 2nd at the Kents Hill Slope.  This is the 3rd...

  • Boys and Girls Nordic Skiing- Sportsmanship Winners!

    Congratulations to both the Boys Nordic Skiing Team and the Girls Nordic Skiing Team for winning the Sportsmanship Award for 2019!  We are proud of you!

  • Girls Alpine 2019 Class B State Champions!

    Girls Alpine Skiing- Team finished tied for 1st in slalom, Dana Reynolds was 10th place. Team won the giant slalom, Katie Ide was third place. 2019 CLASS...

  • Boys Nordic 2019 Class B State Champions

    Congratulations to the Boys Nordic Skiing Team- Won both the classical and freestyle pursuit races. Carter McPhedran won the classical race, Gabe Fein was the pursuit winner,...

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Maranacook Community Middle School students in Hope Lord’s art classes created an “I Have a Dream” bulletin board in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They...

Welcome to Maranacook Area Schools-RSU 38

"A caring school community dedicated to excellence."

Budget Update #5 - RSU #38 School Board Budget Meeting, March 22, 2019

 “Promoting student success in all areas, as we strive for academic excellence while maintaining fiscal responsibility.”

The RSU #38 School Board met on March 20, 2019, and continued discussion and deliberation on the FY20 School Budget.  There was a time scheduled for Citizens Comment, however, no one signed up to speak.

In response to comments made at the previous March 13, 2019, combined RSU #38 and area Select Board meeting regarding the concern for the increased District budget, the Administrators and Managers met to discuss areas where efficiencies could be made in the general fund budget to assist in funding some of the new requests.

Based on the budget presented this evening, the draft budget stands at $18,773,535.21 which represents a 4.76% increase over the current budget.  This reduction is reflected in the 20 Summary Budget 3.20.19.

We reviewed the anticipated revenues as well as the anticipated carry-forward. The changes in revenue are reflected on the 20 Revenue Summary 3.20.19.

To date, the expected increases in the local contributions are 5.40% for Manchester, 3.32% for Mt. Vernon, 5.87% for Readfield, and 7.77% for Wayne. Additional information is available on the 20 Local Dollar Calculation 3.20.19.

We also reviewed a document listing budget changes since the first draft budget was presented (20 Summary Budget Changes 3.20.19).

The RSU #38 School Board and Administrative Team continue to work on the FY20 Budget as we move forward in our effort of “Promoting student success in all areas as we strive for academic excellence while maintaining fiscal responsibility”.

The next RSU #38 Budget meeting will be held on March 27, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the Maranacook Community High School Student Center.  There will an opportunity for citizen comment regarding the budget. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.


Jay Charette
Superintendent of Schools

For a complete listing of all budget documents, please visit our Budget pages.

Time to Register for Pre-K & Kindergarten!


Dual Enrollment Partnership with Thomas College

Great article in the Bangor Daily News highlighting the Dual Enrollment Partnership between Thomas College and Maranacook Community High School!

How one Maine school is cutting $30,000 or more from the cost of college

School Nutrition Benefits for Families Impacted by Federal Shutdown

With the federal shutdown impacting numerous Mainers, we want to remind families that applications for free and reduced-price meals may be submitted at any time throughout the school year, even during a federal shutdown. If federal employees impacted by the shutdown would like to apply for school meal benefits for their children, please complete the Free and Reduced Meals Application and return it to the school office.  You may also obtain a copy by contacting your school’s office.

This is a reminder for any families, if you believe you may qualify for this program, please complete the application or contact Food Services Director Jeff Bridges at 685-4923 ext. 1085.

Frequently Asked Questions- RSU #38 Facilities Improvement Bond

Here is a Frequently Asked Questions sheet responding to questions asked during the recent Public Hearings regarding the RSU 38 Facilities Improvement Bond.  We hope this will answer some questions that you may have, or you may be asked about.
Please feel free to refer additional questions to the Superintendent's Office at 685-3336 or email the Superintendent at jay_charette@maranacook.com.


RSU 38 Bond FAQs

Announcing the MEF 2018-19 Grant Awards!

Read about the exciting projects that will be funded by MEF!

2018-019 MEF Grant Awards

Transportation Letter to Parents

Please read Superintendent Charette's letter to parents about transportation dated 11/19/2018.

Transportation Letter to Parents

Bus Routes for 2018-19


District End Of Day Plan

Weekly Bus Plan

New Superintendent Intro!

Dear Maranacook families and friends!

It is with great pride that I introduce myself as your new Superintendent of Schools. I can not begin to express how excited, honored, and humbled I am by the opportunity to lead such an outstanding school system! In my career I have been a classroom teacher having had assignments in grades 4 thru 8, teaching all core subjects at some point! I then moved into administration having started as a teaching principal in a small elementary school and then progressed into opportunities as a building administrator at different elementary, middle and high schools.  All total, I have worked in education for over 25 years and enjoyed every minute of it! My most recent position was as principal of Hall Dale Elementary in Hallowell. I have three children; my oldest son works in Portland, my daughter is currently attending St. Joseph’s college to be a science teacher, and my youngest son having just graduated from Maranacook Community High School! We moved into central Maine only a year ago from Fort Kent, our past home for 17 years. I currently live in Manchester with my wife of 26 years (who is a high school math teacher) and our dog, Lukah.  We love the Central Maine area and the strong sense of community that we have found! I am very excited for the 2018 - 2019 school year and look forward to getting to know the students, staff, and communities that make up RSU 38. Please feel free to reach out to discuss our schools at anytime.

Annual Report 2018

Here is the Annual Report for this year: RSU 38 Annual Report 2018

Please visit our Budget Page for a complete listing of Budget Updates as well as Budget Documents.

RSU #38 Holds Two-Day Event to Create Common Vision

Students, staff, citizens, and business and town leaders of RSU #38 will gather on March 16, and March 17, 2018, to create a common vision for the future of our schools. This cross-section of the community will gather at Maranacook Community High School for the Friday session that will begin at 4:30 p.m. (registration at 4:00) and end at 8:00 p.m.  Dinner will be provided.  The Saturday session will begin at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast, with the work session starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m.  We would like to invite any members of the RSU #38 community to participate in this exciting and important two-day event. Please call Donna Foster at 685-3336 ext. 2 to register.

Judy Enright, an experienced moderator and former public school administrator will lead the discussion using a process known as Future Search.  Judy has worked extensively in Maine and throughout New England, most recently in Rhode Island, to lead communities as they have made major, positive changes in their schools using a similar visioning process. “I have seen amazing things happen as a result of a community coming together in this way to dream about what their schools could become,” said James Morse, former Superintendent of Limestone Schools and Portland Public Schools.

RSU #38’s Future Search will focus on this question, “How will RSU #38 continue to evolve to ensure that our students are prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing world?” The goal is to create a shared vision for the future of the RSU #38 schools that can be implemented during the next five to 10 years.

Updated information about Future Search will be posted on the RSU #38 website: http://www.maranacook.org.   The direction set at our Future Search will become the basis of a strategic plan that will guide the work of our school system.  Please consider attending this important event. This work is critically important.

Executive Summary from Future Search

Here is a summary of the work from our 2-day Future Search:  RSU 38 Executive Summary

 Don't miss out on important messages!  Manage your School Messenger Account!

Parents and guardians: Click here for SchoolMessenger video

How do I sign up for SchoolMessenger?

Signing up is easy. You can use the email address that we have on file for you, and follow these three steps:

1 Click the LOG IN Button at https://go.schoolmessenger.com/#/account/login, or Download the SchoolMessenger App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market.

2 Enter your email address and create a password. An email will be sent to that address with a secure token.

3 After authenticating via your email, return to SchoolMessenger and sign in using your email and password.

It's that easy!

Homeless Liaison

It is the responsibility of RSU #38 to notify the citizens/parents of the district on an annual basis that educational services are available to students classified as homeless.  If you need further information to determine the rights available to homeless students in our district, please contact Donna Foster at 685-3336 ext. 2, or your building principal.

Maranacook Education Foundation

meflogobearMaranacook Education Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to foster innovation and excellence in the communities of Fayette, Manchester, Mt. Vernon, Readfield, and Wayne by securing resources and funding initiatives that will benefit learners of all ages. Donors can contribute unrestricted funds to the Foundation or create their own donor directed funds to support specific projects.  Please check our website to learn more or donate-- http://mef.maranacook.org! 

MEF Fundraising Letter 2018

 2018 MEF Announcement for School Staff and Community