Dr. James C. Morse, Sr., Superintendent David Galin, Chief Academic Officer Peter Eglinton, Chief Operations Officer Michael Wilson, Chief Financial Officer
196 Allen Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103(207) 874-8100
Learning to Succeed
TO: Portland Board of Public EducationFROM: James C. Morse, Sr., SuperintendentDATE: March 6, 2012The 2011-2012 Superintendent’s Budget calls for increased commitment in the following areas:
Early Childhood Pre-K
Elementary World Language
High School Program
TechnologyEarly childhood education continues as a long term solution to Portland’s high school completion rate and drop out problem. Children who startout without basic literacy skills too easily fall behind. The Pre-school effort underway builds upon partnerships with other community providerssuch as Headstart and Catherine Morrill Pre-School. In this budget I am proposing we expand such partnerships to include Governor BaxterSchool for the Deaf and others. This is an investment in Portland’s future; we are unique in our ability to attract non-public school partners.The FY13 budget includes increasing service to 150 students without adding staff. PreK-2 literacy program was reorganized in FY12 to reflectbest practices as recommended in the comprehensive literacy audit. We adopted Fountas and Pinnell K-3 phonics program that reflects thescientific teaching of phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension as pare of a balanced literacy program. In FY13 wewill continue to work with this approach and emphasize writing. All elementary schools will have a certified reading teacher in reading to supportour classroom teachers, but most importantly, to increase student achievement.The proposed budget continues the commitment to elementary World Language. This is year three of a three year plan to implement Spanish ingrades 3, 4, and 5. We propose expanding to grade 5 without new staff. Portland already is a multilingual community. Preparing our students forthe future requires a comprehensive approach in World Language elementary through high school. Research supports that such a programincreases student performance in literacy.