School starts for all students the day after Labor Day on September 6. This was quite a sunny and warm summer and I hope everyone has had time to enjoy it with family and friends! There has been much activity over the summer with both Jonesport Elementary and Jonesport Beals High School receiving their renovations. Both schools have new ventilation and heat systems that will provide clean, fresh air through the building and heating systems that actually work properly. Last year the schools were provided with new insulation and energy efficient lighting as well. New tiling is also in the upper grades at the elementary school and some rooms at the high school as well. The high school also received a new roof last year, so our 40 year old buildings are now up-to-date and energy efficient. Beals was completely renovated last fall.
We start the year with many staff vacancies, very similar to what schools are experiencing throughout Maine and the country. Currently, we are advertising for several positions at all three schools. At the high school, Allison Willard and Becky Watkins will be serving as co-team leaders in charge of the day-to-day administration and I will be up there as the principal of record as often as I can. The elementary schools currently have no physical education teacher and Jonesport has no art teacher. We are missing an alternative education (shop) teacher at the High School and a social worker/counselor at Jonesport Elementary. Online remote counseling will be available for students in need. We are also exploring online course offerings for high school students this year.This will be a very challenging year for all of us and we hope to work together to make up for these critical positions. We also have been advertising for years now for a music teacher with no success. I am saddened that our students may be missing out on art, music and physical education in their educational experiences here. If you know of any qualified individuals please let them know we want to talk!
The Board will be looking at new policies at their August Board meetings. We hope to clarify our discipline and dress code policies and address the use of cell phones at the high school. In October, the Boards will be looking at our revised Emergency Management Plans to address whatever crisis may arise, including active shooters/intruders. We have been working with the Sheriff's Department and local Fire and EMT staff to update these plans.
BEALS BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 3:00 PM AT BEALS
JONESPORT BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 4:30 PM
HIGH SCHOOL BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 AT 5:00 PM