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NEW!  Save the Dates!!

The Annual Budget Meeting will be held on May 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Maranacook Community High School. Members of the RSU #38 School Board will explain the warrant articles within the budget and the citizens of the four towns will vote on those warrant articles. The warrant articles will be explained in the Annual Report which should arrive in the mail within the week. Childcare will be provided for this meeting by members of the Maranacook National Honor Society.

On June 10, 2014, members of the four communities will vote on the FY15 RSU #38 School Budget at the budget validation referendums which will be held at the individual town polling locations. 

Please be sure to vote on each of these important dates!
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April 18, 2014
Budget Update #10

Revised Revenues:
Superintendents have just received a letter from Education Commissioner Jim Rier with an updated ED279 indicating a change in anticipated subsidy for FY15.  This change will be reflected in the updated Revenue sheet (dated 4/18/14) and represents a subsidy increase of $52,808. This increase has no impact on the expenditure that was approved by the RSU #38 School Board on April 16, 2014, but rather decreases the local dollars required.  

Change of Annual Meeting Date:

In order to comply with Maine State Law (Title 20-A 1486) it is necessary to change the Budget Annual Meeting from May 7, 2014 to May 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.  Originally we had scheduled the meeting early to honor the request of the towns for an early date.  However, the law states that our referendum "must be held on or before the 30th calendar day following the scheduled date of the regional school unit budget meeting".  The May 14, 2014 Annual Meeting date will put us in compliance with this law.  

Please mark your calendars for the Budget Annual Meeting: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at Maranacook Community High School.

Sincerely,


Donna H. Wolfrom, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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April 17, 2014
Budget Update #9

On April 16, 2014 the RSU #38 approved the FY15 budget totaling $15,614,580 and representing a decrease of 1% from the FY14 budget. This budget, ($110,211) from FY 14, is close to meeting the total goal of 0%, increase which would have been a decrease of $150,000 from FY 14 due to the discontinuation of the Phoenix House program.
At the Annual Budget Meeting, on May 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the high school, members of the RSU #38 School Board will explain the warrant articles within the budget.  Citizens of the four towns will then vote on those warrant articles. Childcare will be provided for this meeting by members of the Maranacook National Honor Society.
On June 10, 2014 members of the four communities will vote on the FY15 budget at the Budget Validation Referendums which will be held at the individual town polling locations.  
Within the next week and a half citizens of RSU #38 will receive a copy of the Annual Report in the mail that will contain information about the FY15 budget, messages from RSU #38 administrators, and an explanation of each warrant article.  Be sure to look for this in your mail.     
I would like to thank all the citizens that attended the budget development meetings and to those that provided input through email, phone calls, and presentations to the RSU #38 School Board.  It is extremely important to have this input and each comment was taken into consideration throughout the budget development process.  Please make every effort to attend the annual meeting and to visit your town polling place on June 10 to vote in the budget referendum.  

Sincerely,


Donna H. Wolfrom, Ed.D.
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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