Important Notices from the Office of the Superintendent






CURRENT SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA

July 14, 2021 ~ 7:00PM
City Hall


MEMO


TO:   Saco School Committee/Saco Community

FROM: Jeremy Ray, Superintendent of Schools

DATE: July 6, 2021

RE: Return to In-Person Meetings Starting July 14, 2021

 



HOW TO WATCH SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

* Attend in-person in the City Hall Auditorium at 300 Main Street. If you would like to give a public comment or participate in a public hearing, you must attend in person, beginning with the meeting on July 14, 2021.
* Watch the live stream on our Facebook page.

* Watch the broadcast on SacoTV, our shared Education/Government channel. Spectrum cable subscribers can view SacoTV on channel 3 or channel 1301. Biddeford's Public Access programming airs on channel 1302.
PUBLIC COMMENT AND PUBLIC HEARING PARTICIPATION

Beginning July 14, 2021, members of the public may attend School Board meetings in the City Hall auditorium. To speak during public comment, use the sign-in sheet located by the entrance. When the Board reaches Public Comment or votes to open a Public Hearing, members of the public will be allowed to speak. Each member of the public who participates in Public Comment or a Public Hearing is asked to keep their comments to a maximum of three minutes.

Please find the linked 2021-2022 School Board Meeting Dates here.


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2021-2022 School Calendar


 


Please see the communication from the Saco Superintendent of Schools Mr. Jeremy Ray.


                     

                   90 Beach Street, Saco, Maine 04072 Phone: 207.284.4505

                                         Fax: 207.284. 5951 Superintendent of Schools, Jeremy Ray

Dear Saco Citizens,

It is my great honor to accept the Saco School Board’s nomination to serve as your Superintendent of Schools.  I will not serve in the traditional capacity; as you may have heard, the Superintendent vacancy has been filled through a contract with the Southern Maine Administrative Collaborative (SMAC), a regional service center that was spun off by me and other members of the leadership group in Biddeford in 2017.  The SMAC is authorized by the Department of Education, and provides services ranging from speech therapy to psychological examination, bus transportation to bulk purchasing to districts all over the state.  The SMAC employs three certified Superintendents, who will join me for the term of the interim vacancy.  

My team and I have deep roots in Saco; two of us are residents with school-aged children, and we are deeply committed to our students and citizens.  We are your friends and neighbors--  parents, coaches, and community volunteers.  Based on the feedback you’ve provided the schools in the last several months, the School Committee has identified its three primary objectives for our team: to open schools fully and safely, manage and balance the budget, and to find operational efficiencies to make sure the school department slashes overhead, invests in students, and is responsive to taxpayers.

The most critical and visible roles in Saco’s four great schools are filled by the hardworking men and women who care for our students each and every day.  That won’t change.  There won’t be any renaming of schools, changing of mascots, etc.  Second graders will still be Young School Bears and 8th graders will still matriculate to Thornton Academy.  

This community prides itself on its independence, and will maintain its autonomy: Saco will have its own school-based administration, leadership office, budget, board, policies, etc.  This partnership is not “consolidation” or a “merger.”  In its simplest form, we’ll make sure class is in session, the books are balanced, the buses run on time, and each Saco student has access to a rich and diverse academic program.  

In the coming days my team and I will be meeting with each school’s staff, and we look forward to hearing from you, too. Several events are being planned to meet with members of the community to learn more about your hopes for the future of Saco’s schools.  In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, and either I or another member of my senior staff will be in touch.

Yours in Service,


Jeremy Ray

Superintendent of Schools

Executive Director, SMAC



Important District Information


Every district is required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to post the intended use for grant funds for the public to provide comments or to ask questions. Saco's intended use for grant funds can be found here.




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Destruction of Records

The School Department destroys the education records of its special education students at the end of the school year in which the student would turn 26 years old. Parents or adult students wishing to obtain these records should contact the School Department at that time. The School Department shall maintain permanently a record of a student's name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed, and year completed. To obtain special education records, please contact the Special Services Department at 207-284-4505.

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