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Mary Alice McLean, Superintendent of Schools

Mrs. McLean can be reached by email at mamclean@rsu71.org or phone by calling (207) 338-1960

Greetings from Mrs. McLean - August 2019

I’d like to welcome students, families and staff new to RSU #71 and say welcome back to those returning. I have found that RSU # 71 is a wonderful district in which to learn and to grow, with ambitious and engaged students, caring and involved families, dedicated and enthusiastic staff, a hard-working and well-informed school board, and a great many talented and generous community partners.

Speaking of community partners, I’d like to publicly thank the many who have planned a wide range of fabulous enrichment activities for the students of RSU # 71 during this year’s “early release Fridays.” Students in kindergarten through 12th-grade will be released early on Fridays (K-5 students will be dismissed at 12 noon and students in grades 6 - 12 will be dismissed at 1:15 pm). During this time, district staff will be engaged in professional development, training and collaboration, all in the interest of improving student outcomes. The link below shares some of the projects that we’ll be working on as part of our ESEA Plan.      


Here is an updated list of community partners offering activities for students on PD Fridays; we are very grateful for you all!

  • Belfast Free Library - Children’s Librarian Erica Rubin Irish and others will be offering a Chess Club, among other wonderful activities.

  • Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition - Programming by BBWC educator Jenni Flowers will be offered at the Captain Albert Stevens School.

  • Waterfall Arts - A Creativity Club with a different project every week, plus time for free-draw and independent work will be led by art educator Bridget Matros at CASS.

  • The Game Loft in Belfast will be opening early on Friday afternoons.

  • Kids Unplugged - Students from the Kermit Nickerson school will be bussed from Swanville to Kids Unplugged in Belfast.

  • The Cornerspring Montessori School in Belfast is offering Nature Play Fridays from 12 - 3 pm.

  • Waldo County Y - Morrill, Belmont and Searsmont: After-school programming will be offered in the tri-town at the Ames School, with two trained YMCA staff members for up to 24 students who are registered with the Y’s Early Release Fridays.

  • Waldo County Y - THMS and BAHS - The Y will be opening early on Fridays for middle and high school students in the teen access program.

  • Waldo County Y - CASS students registered at the Y in the afterschool program may take a bus from school to the Y at dismissal on Fridays. 

  • Bank of America Volunteers will be teaching chess to elementary students at East and Kermit Nickerson School.

Please feel free to call me, email me or stop by to say hi in our new digs.  Central Office has moved to the old special education wing, which has been renovated. (Turn right after the new addition and you will see our sign.)

With best regards and warm wishes for a great start to the new school year, 

Mary Alice McLean

Mary Alice McLean,  Superintendent


(207) 338-1960