By Mark Pechenik firstname.lastname@example.org Sep 7, 2017
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — School principals reported strong openings to the 2017-2018 academic year during the SAD 35 School Board meeting Wednesday.
Central Elementary School Principal Nina D’Aran described her school’s opening as “very smooth.” D’Aran cited her school’s efforts to finalize bus schedules as helping pave the way for an orderly beginning to the new academic year. She indicated her kindergarten teachers are now looking forward to meetings with parents and their students during the remainder of the week.
At Eliot Elementary School, students were “so excited to spend time with their teachers” on the first day of school, said Principal Maureen Goering.
“It is the smoothest opening that I can remember. We’re off to a great start,” she said.
Touring his school during the first day, Marshwood Great Works School Principal Jerry Brunnell said he was pleased to witness “teaching and learning already going on.”
Marshwood Middle School Principal Tony Bourbon pointed to planning meetings with John Caverley, the district’s facilities director, during the summer as leading to a “real smooth opening at the beginning of the year.”
Marshwood High Principal Paul Mehlhorn stated he was “taken by the passion and excitement the teachers were presenting” during his review of classrooms.
Eliot Elementary School saw a slight decrease in enrollment from 349 students last year to 338 students this year. Central Elementary School dropped from 388 students to 355 students in 2017.
Marshwood Middle School also saw an enrollment decline with 532 students, down from 553 in 2016, with Rollinsford students decreasing from 51 last year to 49 this year. Marshwood Great Works School saw a slight boost in students from 288 to 290.
Marshwood High enrollment increased from 798 in 2016 to 804 students for the first day of school this year, led by the number of Rollinsford students rising to 108 from 83 last year.
SAD 35′s overall enrollment is down 30 students this year with Rollinsford having reached its maximum enrollment of students in the district.