Gray and New Gloucester formed MSAD 15 in 1962. The District has three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, as follows:
- James W. Russell School, located in the center of Gray, has 250 K to 2nd grade students.
- Memorial School, located in upper New Gloucester, has 185 K to 2nd grade students.
- Burchard A. Dunn School, located near the Pineland Campus in New Gloucester, has 90 Pre-K and 320 3rd and 4th grade students.
- GNG Middle School, located in northwest Gray, has 615 5th to 8th grade students.
- GNG High School, located next to the Middle School, has 614 9th to 12th grade students.
MSAD 15 has a rich variety of educational programs and systems of support to address the needs of all learners. GNG High School is proud to offer International Baccalaureate courses in six curriculum areas. Our Alternative Education program supports students in grades 10 through 12 with focus on credit recovery, community service and cooperative education. High School students in grades 11 and 12 can enroll in a variety of courses at the Portland Arts & Technology High School. The District’s elementary and middle schools have implemented successful jumpstart programs that support students entering the school year at grade level. Response to Intervention is a strong focus in all of our schools. MSAD 15 also sponsors a wide variety of co-curricular activities and athletics which enhance student engagement.
MSAD 15 has invested in one-to-one technology for students in grades 5 through 12, and classrooms at all schools are equipped with multiple devices. An integration specialist works with all schools to maximize the benefits of technology as a tool for learning.
THE CAROL M. WHITE PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM(PEP) GRANT
MSAD 15 is a recipient of The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant ($981,365), a federally-funded grant program designed to award money to local education agencies to help them initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs for K through 12 students.
PEP grant funds have been used for
- Two Outdoor Educators;
- Continuing education for Health, Physical Education and Nutrition Educators;
- Fitness and recreation equipment, including cardio machines, kayaks, mountain bikes, cross country skis, snowshoes, skates, skating rinks, rock walls, and much more;
- After-school programming stipends and transportation; and
- Community wellness opportunities.
The MSAD #15 Strategic Plan is a result of hours of dedication from community members, school board representatives, administrators and staff. The long-term goals identified in this plan have been established from the survey feedback received from a large group of stakeholders. The Strategic Planning Steering Committee developed four long term goals designed to help our district communicate more effectively and to become more consistent in its implementation of Student Centered Learning.
Today, more than ever, a partnership between a school system, the families it serves, and the community is essential. Career options are changing so fast it is difficult to imagine what lies ahead. I am confident this plan is forward thinking and prepares our graduates for these unknown challenges.
To view documents: Strategic Planning
The MSAD 15 Budget is approximately $24 million, of which $14.2 million is raised through tax assessment. By state law, all local school budgets must be passed by a simple majority of voters in the spring of each year. Gray and New Gloucester citizens are historically supportive of the local schools. To view current and past budgets, go here.
ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Gray and New Gloucester residents have a long history of supporting MSAD 15 schools not only with their tax dollars and at the polls, but with their time and their fundraising efforts. Each year, groups raise thousands of dollars to support innovation in District schools, enrich educational experiences and maintain high levels of excellence in existing programs.
- GNG Athletic Boosters https://www.facebook.com/GNG-Boosters-167692353257256/
- Patriot Parents PTO https://sites.google.com/site/patriotparentspto/
The Patriot 5K is a USATF-Certified scenic race around Crystal Lake in Gray that year after year produces one of the fastest 5K’s in the State of Maine. The Patriot Parents set out to create an event that would not only support our schools but also bring a renewed sense of community. “Together we can help teach our children how important it is and how empowering it can be when people and businesses work side by side for the betterment of everyone.” Proceeds benefit the Patriot Parents and support their many efforts within the school community. http://www.patriot5k.org/