$12,000 $10,000 $8,000
Property Tax per pupil
$30,000,000 $25,000,000 $20,000,000 $15,000,000 $10,000,000 $5,000,000 $0
Falmouth MSAD 51 State Share Property Tax Total Funding
MSAD 51 Our schools are a valuable resource for the Cumberland and North Yarmouth communities. We are a leader in fiscal responsibility and educational achievement.
Neighbors Speak is a growing group of citizens whose purpose is to help inform fellow residents about major public issues affecting our communities, with an emphasis on MSAD 51. While we will take a position and advocate for it, our belief is that a well -informed electorate will make the best decisions, and so our advocacy will be fact based and informative in nature. Produced by Neighbors Speak. No public funds were used in the production or distribution of this document.
Vote “YES” on June 3 at the District Budget Meeting and on June 8, at the polls, to approve the MSAD 51 Budget – to preserve our excellent schools, and to protect our community investment.
Our schools offer a superior product in a cost efficient manner. The 2010-11 MSAD 51 Budget represents a 0% increase in expenditures for the 2nd year in a row. From our local property taxes we spend the lowest amount per pupil, $5,383, while the highest of our neighbors* spends $11,132. We spend only 2.9% of our operating budget on system administration. The state target is considered efficient at 4%. We pay 50% of our gross debt payments with local property taxes; long-range planning has secured state subsidy of half of our debt service costs. We operate within 14% (lowest) of the state’s EPS Benchmark while the highest of our neighbors is 34% over the recommendation. Our AA bonding reflects the District’s strong fiscal management and reduces our costs for debt.
We have an outstanding, high-achieving school district. Our high school was one of four schools in Maine awarded US News and World Report's Silver Medal in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Our graduating Class of 2010 ranked among the highest in Maine in Reading, Math, and Writing achievement tests. Greely's graduation rate ranks among the highest in Maine at 96.3%. In 2009, 94% of Greely students matriculated college, relative to 63% in 1993. MSAD 51 is one of two districts in Maine qualified to offer the International Baccalaureate program. The majority of MSAD51 teachers holds advanced degrees and/or is Nationally Board Certified.
*Latest available figures, 2008-9, Falmouth, Yarmouth and Freeport schools
Everyone in our community benefits from having a top quality school. High-achieving schools attract business investment. Increasingly high-skill businesses examine communities in terms of quality of life factors such as housing, educational opportunity, and access to the environment when they consider that location. Success in the schools helps to protect the value of homes in the community. The National Bureau of Economic Research in 2001 determined that having a top tier school adds 7-14% to home values. In our district we educate the largest amount of students* with the smallest amount of monies raised locally through property tax. MSAD 51 is the most fiscally responsible in trying to meet the state’s Essential Programs and Services Benchmark - all while achieving top scores and ranks, nationally and within the state, for our school and our students.