The budget approved by the SAD 51 Board of Directors that will be considered by the voters on June 9 at the public vote and June 14 at the polls is consistent with our community.
Based upon high graduation rates, student achievement measures, and college matriculation rates, our school district is remarkably effective at preparing the young people of our towns for college, the work place, the military, or any path they choose upon graduation. We have a range of options for delivering a high-quality education: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Southern Maine Community College classes taught right at school, collaborative education of our students at Portland Area Technical High School, and virtual high school courses. The learning environment and teaching accurately and effectively serve those who live here.
The business of a public school system is that of educating the children of our towns to prepare the next generation engaged citizens who will lead in many different fields – the arts, business, community service and science.
I am proud of the many accomplishments of our students, and we can all take pride in their academic, artistic, athletic, and public service achievements. The overall 2.93 percent increase is an investment in our students, our facilities, and our community – our young people have proved time and again to be worthy of our support.