Superintendent of Schools for AOS 93

Looking back at 2018-2019 school year (particularly as your new school superintendent), I am reminded that our schools must always be looking forward as we prepare our students to be “21st century learners” with the promise of making them “future ready” lifelong learners. We know that critical thinking, cooperation, communication, and creativity are essential for our students to succeed. To ensure our instructional practice includes these foundational skills, teachers at all levels and throughout all of our schools continually review and revise their curriculum and teaching practices. To oversee and coordinate this important work, the AOS hired Ann Hassett as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Mrs. Hassett also coordinates and oversees several state and federal grant programs and is instrumental in our transition to a robust standards-based reporting system.  The staff have put numerous hours of diligent work into transitioning to a standards-based reporting system, and will continue to work on refining practices and procedures to more effectively meet our students’ needs and provide them with a quality education. Mrs. Hassett was most recently the Nobleboro Principal. She brings a wealth of experience in educational leadership, curriculum, and instruction to this important position.


The vibrancy of our local communities and their support for our schools is essential for the support of student aspirations and success.  It takes the commitment of many people to create and maintain a strong and effective school. All AOS schools have many parents and community members supporting its mission including a PTA and a School Committee.  The School Committee’s primary responsibilities are for budget, policy development, and oversight. I am very proud of the work our teachers, support staff, and administrators have done to enhance learning opportunities and achievement outcomes for all students.


School budgets provide the backdrop for telling the story of every school. How a school appropriates and uses its available funding translates to and defines what is important to the administration, teachers, support staff and the community because it represents what these groups want and need to provide for their students. Budget preparation is a complicated process.  From one budget year to another, school administrators work with local officials and community members to ensure that each school budget is adequate, equitable, and predictable and that it is developed with input from all stakeholders in a clear and transparent process.  


Our work together in the schools and communities is complex, sometimes challenging, and yet unquestionably essential and rewarding. Together we make a positive difference in the lives of our students, their families, and the communities in which we live and work. We are increasingly coming together as a learning community to engage in expanding our shared commitment for improving the education we provide to our children. I encourage you to visit and explore the AOS 93 website (www.aos93.org) for current news and information about our students and school activities, as well as school policies, School Committee meeting agendas and minutes. This website will also provide you with links to each individual school website and to useful information from numerous resources. Whenever you have a question or wish to become involved in your community school, please call me or your school’s principal.


Respectfully, 

Superintendent of Schools


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