Message from the Superintendent

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Welcome to M.S.A.D. No. 75.  We serve the four towns of Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Harpswell and Topsham.  This district is in the midst of many exciting improvements, and you can find out about them by visiting any of our five elementary schools, the middle school or high school.  Each school maintains a website you can access in the upper left corner of our home page. This website can also provide valuable information as well.  If for any reason you are unable to locate the information you want, please feel free to contact my office.

Any school system is only as good as the people in it.  It is my honor to work with the most talented, dedicated and caring educators throughout my long career.  It is our people – from bus drivers to classroom teachers – who make this system unique!

We are committed to the students we serve, to improving our professional practice, and to continuous improvement so that all students are prepared for the next phase in life – whether that is college, a career or the military.  To that end, we are working within the guidelines of the Maine Department of Education’s requirement for students to demonstrate proficiency on State standards and guiding principles in order to receive a diploma. In our district, that includes a student-centered system, meeting students where they are, and helping them take increased responsibility for their own learning.  We seek to provide different avenues for students to be able to demonstrate their learning, and not simply by paper/pencil tests!

The District provides a comprehensive educational system, including core classroom instruction, support for those students failing to make adequate progress through RTI (Response to Intervention) and to providing a free and appropriate education for students with disabilities.  We offer advanced placement courses, Spanish, German and French, Art and Performing Arts, and more!

We know that students who engage in co-curricular or athletic programs generally do better in school, and are less likely to become involved in substance abuse issues.  We provide a full range of such activities that include clubs and numerous sports teams.

Our district has also focused on the importance of attendance at school.  Students who miss 10% or more of the school year are at significant academic risk.  This starts in kindergarten, where attitudes and habits toward school are formed. 

Partnerships with parents, and the community are also noteworthy in MSAD No. 75.  Our four communities support our school system, as evidenced by the passage of a new high school to be built on the existing campus, and scheduled to open in fall of 2020.  Numerous committees composed of staff and community members are engaged in planning this new facility.  Local businesses continuously support school teams and groups.  Parent volunteers are active in each school K-12.  If you want to become involved, simply contact your local school administrator!

There is much to be proud of in our school system.  Yet, we are not perfect.  Issues arise, and mistakes are made.  If your experience is less than it should be, I encourage you to reach out directly to the person involved.  While today’s world of social media is enticing, it usually escalates the issues and promotes inaccurate information.  So, start with the person involved; and if that fails, speak to the building administrator.  We believe in solving problems at the lowest level, where changes can most easily be made. If those efforts have not resolved your concern, please feel free to contact my office at 729-9961.

Enjoy the year ahead…and may all roads lead to success!

Brad Smith                                                                                                                   
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 



 


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