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It has been a whirlwind month for all students in the K-12 program. The students are diligently studying and teachers are analyzing data to see student growth and, if needed, make system changes in order to meet student needs.

Executive Director’s Report
January 3, 2019

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday spent with loved ones.

Traci Drake, Director of Operations and Human Resources, left MECDHH on December 14, 2018. In the interim we have entered into an agreement on a month-to-month basis, effective January 3, 2019, with Drew Freme who previously worked for the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) as Senior Advisor of Finance and Operations. A national search is currently underway to fill this important position.

Work to develop a new budget proposal has begun and is most likely due to the State by February 1, 2019.

The Executive Director has already met with JoAnne Allen, newly appointed Deputy Assistant of the Department of Education, to discuss how best to meet our current and visionary needs.

At the board meeting, I will be able to disclose the status of new tenants for Mackworth Island which would occur immediately.

I am very much looking forward to 2019 as the year that we fill our vacancies on the board, obtain the funding we need, and finalize our staffing.

Please know how grateful I am to serve as the Executive Director and to work with such a supportive staff.

Mainstream and Deaf Education Programs

It has been a whirlwind month for all students in the K-12 program. The students are diligently studying and teachers are analyzing data to see student growth and, if needed, make system changes in order to meet student needs.

In the high school program, we are already having meetings to determine graduation. We may have three seniors graduating this year! Students also attended a transition conference to help them explore their futures beyond high school. And even though the holiday approached quickly, students still used their skills in science to help them celebrate the holiday. Science teacher Emily Blachly had students using several states of matter (gas, liquids, and solids) to make no-bake holiday cookies. Other staff and students were judges. If you want a recipe of the winner, just ask.