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Upcoming School Committee Topics of Interest

The following meeting topics and dates are being shared in an effort to ensure that each stakeholder is aware of discussions and decisions being considered by the Yarmouth School Committee.  Please know that all Yarmouth School Committee meetings are public meetings, and citizens are invited to attend at the Log Cabin located at 196 Main Street.   

Advanced Placement programming and funding at Yarmouth High School

On Thursday, December 8, the Yarmouth School Committee will be holding a workshop on Advanced Placement programming at Yarmouth High School.  YHS Principal Eric Klein will be sharing data and information from the current AP offerings, and the School Committee will begin deliberating various aspects of the program, including:

               Course offerings and sequence

               Examination expectations and funding

As this is a workshop session, the School Committee will not be making decisions regarding the program on December 8.  It is anticipated that any decisions that result in changes to the AP program would be decided on January 12. Both meetings will be public meetings held at the Log Cabin on Main Street, beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

Non-resident students

As a follow-up to a workshop session held earlier this fall, the School Committee on January 12 will revisit the topic of non-resident students in the Yarmouth Schools.  It is anticipated that the Committee will make decisions regarding the various categories under which non-resident students attend our schools.  

Outsourcing of support services

On Thursday, January 26, the School Committee will hear a report from Superintendent Andrew Dolloff and Business Manager Herb Hopkins on the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing custodial and transportation services.  The Committee will consider a decision on this topic on February 9.  Both meetings will be public meetings held at the Log Cabin on Main Street, beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

We hope to see you at our meetings!

School Facilities Plan ready for further development

posted Oct 20, 2017, 12:52 PM by Andrew Dolloff   [ updated by Laurie Brigham ]

On Monday, October 16, the School Committee met with the Yarmouth Town Council for the second time in four weeks to discuss proposed solutions to the School Department’s and Town’s facilities challenges.  To meet programmatic, enrollment, and structural needs, the School Committee has proposed a conceptual plan that calls for extensive renovation and expansion of Yarmouth Elementary School and significant expansion of Rowe School and Yarmouth High School. 

In discussion with the Town Council in September, it became clear that the Town has upcoming capital needs as well.  There is a group in town actively seeking the development of a community center, and several municipal departments (Community Services, Public Safety, etc.) are in need of larger or renovated spaces.  With that in mind, the School Committee and Town Council entered into discussion of how the two entities may work together to provide the best facilities for the entire town in the most effective and cost-efficient manner.  As a result of that conversation, the School Committee explored an alternative option to address its facilities needs that included:

  • ·        Re-purposing of the Rowe School facility for community/municipal use, to be determined by the Town Council;
  • ·        Expansion and complete renovation of Yarmouth Elementary School to accommodate enrollment growth, upgrade building systems, and provide for a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 population, with two schools operating as somewhat separate entities in one physical plant;
  • ·        Minor construction at Harrison Middle School;
  • ·        Additions to Yarmouth High School.

On October 16, the School Committee and Town Council considered this option in greater detail.  It became apparent that the Rowe School contained a great deal more space than the Town would require and the cost to replace Rowe as a school would be prohibitive. It was decided that a collaborative effort that supports the proposal put forth by the School Committee while defining solutions to the Town’s space needs will be the most cost effective and programmatically efficient approach to meet Yarmouth’s facility needs.

Therefore, the School’s Facilities Committee will focus on further development of the plan that is known as “Option 4”, which includes the following:

  • Expansion of Rowe School to accommodate enrollment growth in Kindergarten and Grade 1 and provide for the addition of Pre-Kindergarten programming.
  • Expansion and complete renovation of Yarmouth Elementary School to accommodate enrollment growth, upgrade building systems, and provide for the relocation of Grade 5 from Harrison Middle School to Y.E.S.
  • Minor interior work at Harrison Middle School, relocating the choral room from its current location on the stage in the cafeteria to a classroom space that will be made possible by moving Grade 5 to Y.E.S.  Reducing H.M.S. enrollment to three grades (6-8) may allow for the removal of portable classrooms and result in a facility capacity that is higher than its enrollment at minimal cost and disruption to the school.
  • Expansion of Yarmouth High School to accommodate enrollment growth.  Additional classrooms, larger cafeteria, relocation of the exercise room, and creation of an additional music room are the key components of this plan.
  • At each school, additional consideration is being given to exterior components, including parking, traffic patterns, and recreational spaces.

The School Facilities Committee will meet throughout the fall and winter to prepare for two rounds of public forums:

Round One: To present the plan and receive input from the community

               Tuesday, February 13           Community Forum I                         6:30 p.m.              HMS Cafeteria

               Monday, March 19               Community Forum II                       8:00 a.m.              Town Hall

               Tuesday, March 27              Community Forum III                      6:30 p.m.              HMS

Round Two:  To present plans with modifications from community input

               Tuesday, June 19                    Community Forum IV                      6:30 p.m.              YHS

               Wednesday, June 20                 Community Forum V                       8:00 a.m.              Town Hall

The School Committee will be receiving updates from the Facilities Committee, with formal reports on the following dates:

               Thursday, December 14   School Committee Meeting            7:00 p.m.              Log Cabin

               Thursday, April 26            School Committee Meeting            7:00 p.m.              Town Hall

The School Committee, Town Council and Community Center project team are continuing to work together collaboratively in a mutually supportive search to address town, school and community needs.

We invite the public to attend any and all meetings and to browse our Facilities web page to stay apprised of this work.

 

School Committee and Town Council consider collaborative effort to address capital needs

posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:33 AM by Andrew Dolloff

On Tuesday, September 26, the School Committee met with the Yarmouth Town Council to discuss proposed solutions to the School Department’s facilities challenges.  To meet programmatic, enrollment, and structural needs, the School Committee is proposing a conceptual plan developed by the Facilities Assessment Committee working in conjunction with Harriman, an architectural/engineering firm well-known throughout New England for school planning and design.  The plan calls for the following:

  • ·        Expansion of Rowe School to accommodate enrollment growth in Kindergarten and Grade 1 and provide for the addition of Pre-Kindergarten programming.
  • ·        Expansion and complete renovation of Yarmouth Elementary School to accommodate enrollment growth, upgrade building systems, and provide for the relocation of Grade 5 from Harrison Middle School to Y.E.S.
  • ·        Minor interior work at Harrison Middle School, relocating the choral room from its current location on the stage in the cafeteria to a classroom space that will be made possible by moving Grade 5 to Y.E.S.  Reducing H.M.S. enrollment to three grades (6-8) will allow for the removal of portable classrooms and result in a facility capacity that is higher than its enrollment at minimal cost and disruption to the school.
  • ·        Expansion of Yarmouth High School to accommodate enrollment growth.  Additional classrooms, larger cafeteria, relocation of the exercise room, and creation of an additional music room are the key components of this plan.
  • ·        At each school, additional consideration is being given to exterior components, including parking, traffic patterns, and recreational spaces.

The projected cost of this project is $32 million, whereas other options considered were estimated to cost as much as $48 million.  The School Committee believes this plan will meet the School Department’s needs as they are projected through 2027 and beyond while remaining sensitive to the local taxpayers, on whom the cost of this project will fall. 

In discussion with the Town Council, it became clear that the Town has upcoming capital needs, as well.  There is a group in town actively seeking the development of a community center, and several municipal departments (Community Services, Public Safety, etc.) are in need of larger or renovated spaces.  With that in mind, the School Committee and Town Council entered into discussion of how the two entities may work together to provide the best facilities for the entire town in the most effective and cost-efficient manner.  As a result of that conversation, the School Committee is exploring an alternative option to address its facilities needs that would include the following:

  • ·        Re-purposing of the Rowe School facility for community/municipal use, to be determined by the Town Council.
  • ·        Expansion and complete renovation of Yarmouth Elementary School to accommodate enrollment growth, upgrade building systems, and provide for a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 population, with two schools operating as somewhat separate entities in one physical plant.
  • ·        Construction at Harrison Middle School and Yarmouth High School as described above.

As the study of this concept is in its initial stages, there is no cost projection at this time.  A great deal of work will be done to determine the environmental, traffic, educational, and financial impacts – work that will be completed in the coming months.

Because of the commitment to present the best possible plan to the community, the original timeline of public forums beginning in late October will be delayed a few months, and these groups will work diligently to bring a comprehensive plan to the public in early 2018.  Please stay tuned to this site for updates.  We look forward to completing our work and hearing your thoughts as the school year progresses.

Inclusivity, respect, and civil discourse

posted Sep 15, 2017, 11:57 AM by Andrew Dolloff   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 4:22 AM ]

On September 14, 2017, the Yarmouth School Committee reviewed the district's core values, reaffirming the school department's commitment to provide each student and staff member with a school environment in which he or she feels safe, valued and respected.  The Committee received a report entitled Teaching Inclusivity, Respect, and Civil Discourse in the Yarmouth Schools.  We encourage you to read this report to learn more about our schools and the practices we employ to respect the dignity of each individual. 

Facilities Study Completed - Recommendation made to the School Committee

posted Sep 6, 2017, 5:16 AM by Andrew Dolloff   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 5:32 AM ]

After a year of work, the Facilities Assessment Committee made its presentation to the school committee on July 13, sharing data collected throughout the study and identifying six options to address the facilities needs of the district.  The Facilities Assessment Committee recommended pursuing Option 4 in this presentation, and suggested that the School Committee share all six options with the community through public forums and hearings held throughout the fall and winter of the 2017-2018 school year.  The School Committee approved the formation of a Facilities Committee to continue this work and will be holding public forums throughout the 2017-2018 school year to explain the results of the study, share the options studied, and hear feedback from the community.  The public forum schedule will begin as follows:
Round One (to present results of the study, options considered, and the recommended plan):
Forum I:  Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Yarmouth High School (Cafeteria)
Forum II:  Monday, March 19 at 8:00 a.m. at Town Hall (Community Room)
Forum III:  Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Harrison Middle School (Cafeteria) 

Bus Route Information 2017-2018

posted Aug 28, 2017, 10:24 AM by Laurie Brigham   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 10:28 AM ]

Yarmouth School Department Bus Schedule 2017-2018

Please click on the links below for morning bus route information.  Please feel free to call our transportation office at 846-2338 should you have any questions.

Rowe School and Yarmouth Elementary School morning bus routes

Harrison Middle School and Yarmouth High School morning bus routes

To find the bus stop closest to your address please click on the Bus Route Locator.  [NOTE: When using the Bus Route Locator, please use your full address (including the designation of street, lane, avenue, etc.]

2017-18 Budget Passes as 2016-17 School Year comes to a close

posted Jun 22, 2017, 5:04 AM by Andrew Dolloff

The FY18 School Budget was passed by the voters of Yarmouth by a nearly 3-1 margin on June 13,  with nearly 2000 voters showing up at the polls.  Elected to the Yarmouth School Committee in uncontested elections were incumbent Philip Jones and newcomer Sarah Day.  Sarah replaces Margaret Groban, who expertly served the schools for six years as a  dedicated and knowledgeable member of the School Committee.  Elections were held just a week prior to the end of the 2016-17 school year, which drew to a close on Wednesday, June 21.  Although we say goodbye to 120 graduated seniors, 8 retirees, and a handful of other employees who will be moving on to new challenges, we look forward to welcoming many new staff members and more than 1,600 students in the fall!  

Town Council sends proposed FY18 Budget to Voters

posted May 12, 2017, 5:14 AM by Andrew Dolloff

On Thursday, May 11, the Yarmouth Town Council voted unanimously to send the School Department's proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year to the voters of the town.  A two-step voting process must be followed in order to adopt the budget:
Tuesday, June 6:  Town Meeting will be held at Harrison Middle School at 7:00 p.m., where voters will set the budget to be moved forward to referendum.  It is critical for residents to attend this meeting in order to adopt a budget that truly reflects the voters' values.
Tuesday, June 13:  Budget Referendum will be held, with voting taking place at the R.W. Boyd AmVets hall on North Road.  Again, it is vital for all registered voters to cast their ballots to approve a budget that is in the best interests of all citizens.
For more information on the proposed budget, please view our Business Office page.

Yarmouth Wins State to Final Farm to School Cook-off

posted May 1, 2017, 9:01 AM by Laurie Brigham   [ updated May 3, 2017, 6:59 AM ]

YSD School Nutrition Director Blair Currier and HMS Nutrition Employee Nikki Davoren competed against RSU 52 (Turner) at the State Final Farm to School cook-off last week at Freeport High School and brought home the win!  

Teams were tasked with preparing a breakfast and lunch meal within a specific time frame using at least two ingredients that are grown, raised, caught or manufactured in the State of Maine while meeting National School Breakfast and Lunch Program requirements.  As an added twist, Maine wild blueberries and Maine potatoes had to be used as "challenge" ingredients in the competition. 

Each team presented their meal to a judging panel consisting of a Freeport High School student, a certified professional chef, and a school nutrition director.  

Blair and Nikki won with their breakfast of crepes with a wild blueberry and kelp smoothie and a lunch consisting of Atlantic fish tacos, Maine apple salsa and garlic roasted potatoes.  All recipes from the cook-off will be published in a cookbook  distributed by the Maine Department of Education. 



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School Committee presents FY18 Budget Proposal to Town Council

posted Mar 17, 2017, 6:16 AM by Andrew Dolloff

On Thursday, March 16, the Yarmouth School Committee presented its proposed FY18 budget to the Town Council.  The Committee's presentation may be viewed here.  Public comment will be received on the budget at three hearings being conducted by the Town Council.  Those hearings will take place on March 30, April 6, and May 4.  All hearings will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Log Cabin on Main Street.  For more information on the proposed budget, please view our Business Office webpage.

2017-18 Academic Calendar approved by School Committee

posted Feb 2, 2017, 7:32 AM by Andrew Dolloff

The School Committee approved the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar on January 26, 2017.  The calendar follows a similar format to the 2016-2017 school year.  Please download a copy for your files and begin planing for next year!


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