iPad Return Request

posted Sep 14, 2017, 10:55 AM by Calla Jordan

As we prepare to roll out the Chromebooks for students, we also need to have students return their school-issued iPads if they have not done so already. iPads can be returned to the Main Office. We really need your help so that we can get these rounded up. Thank you!

Mr. Hatch 

Need for parent/guardian email addresses!

posted Sep 11, 2017, 5:37 AM by Calla Jordan   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 5:38 AM ]

Notice to Parents/Guardians: Union 76 is working towards making email a primary point of contact for getting pertinent information to you about our schools and what is happening in them. We are trying to collect any and all email addresses that we can to make sure that everyone stays in the loop. Also, by knowing that this is how information will be coming to you now, you will know to keep an eye on your email for when those important notes do come through!!

PLEASE contact our front office at 348-2303, send a private message on FaceBook, or send an email to with your most current email address. We want all of you to be kept up to date in a fast and factual manner. Thank you for your help with this!!


posted Sep 6, 2017, 9:37 AM by Calla Jordan   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 11:31 AM ]

Please see the attached memo regarding the free/reduced lunch form. 

Update from Superintendent, Chris Elkington, RE: Administrative Hiring

posted Aug 3, 2017, 5:23 AM by Calla Jordan   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 5:23 AM ]

Hi All! I hope this email finds you and your family well and that your summer up to this point has been enjoyable!

It is my pleasure to announce that at last night's school board meeting our board approved the following two individuals to fill administrative vacancies within CSD 13:

- Lynne Witham was appointed as our new Head of School. In this new role Ms. Witham will be, among other responsibilities, overseeing planning, professional development and supervision and evaluation in Grades K-12 while also supporting student conduct support for students in Grades 7 & 8. Lynne is currently the Director of the University College in Ellsworth, while also serving as our district's Part-time, Director of Adult Ed. (a role she will continue overseeing administratively). Lynne was selected because she has tremendous experience in supporting student and staff growth and success, along with building strong relationships with multiple community stakeholders, two important areas of need in CSD 13. I look forward to working much more closely with her in the days, weeks and months to come!

- Tara McKechnie was appointed as our new DISES Principal. In this role Ms. McKechnie will be the point person overseeing all aspects of the daily functions of DISES for Grades K-6. Tara is currently a teacher leader at Blue Hill Consolidated School, who over the last 20 years has successfully taught all grades K-4. Among other areas of strength Tara has extensive expertise in Literacy, Intervention supports, Behavior Modification and STEM Education all areas of need at DISES. I feel fortunate to have her joining our Team!

Please join me in welcoming Lynne and Tara to these important roles!

Administrative Hiring Update!

posted Jul 14, 2017, 2:29 PM by Calla Jordan

Please see the attached memo from the Superintendent for an update on Administrative hiring.

School Board Meeting June 6, 5:30pm at DISHS

posted Jun 5, 2017, 12:16 PM by Todd West

The regular June meeting of the CSD#13 school board will be at 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 6th in the DISHS cafeteria.  The agenda and high school principals report are linked, below. Please note, this is a separate meeting from the annual district budget meeting, which is at 7:00pm on Monday, 6/5 in the DISHS Gym.


Important Information About the Time & Location of Tonight's District Budget Meeting

posted Jun 5, 2017, 6:55 AM by Todd West

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members! We just noticed that there is confusion on when tonight's District Budget Meeting is to be held. The budget insert says the District Budget Meeting is at the REACH at 5:30 PM and this is an error. The Warrant Articles say 7:00 PM at DISHS and this is correct. Somehow in the finalizing of the insert this error was made.

We must follow the Warrant as the legal document so please understand that tonight's meeting is at 7:00 PM at DISHS. Any assistance you can give in sharing this corrected information is much appreciated.

Seeking Parent and Community Input on Next CSD #13 Administrators

posted May 26, 2017, 4:39 PM by Todd West

Hi All! I hope this note finds you well! 

Somehow I must have dreamed that I shared with you information a week ago about an upcoming meeting where your participation is needed. It must have been a dream as I can't find the message I thought I sent, anywhere. My apologies.

This coming Wednesday night, May 31st, 5:30 PM in the Reach, Chair of the Board Jane Osborne and I will be asking for feedback on what you would like to see in our next set of administrators/leaders in CSD 13. As you know we will be replacing two positions in our district. We are going to adjust some roles and responsibilities to better meet student and staff needs and so are looking at an Associate Principal for DISES and an Associate Principal/Athletic Director for DISHS.

I hope you can join us to share your thoughts. If not please fill out the attached questions and email your responses to me or drop them off at the Superintendent's Office by this coming Friday June 2nd. Thanks!

My best,

Christian M. Elkington

Superintendent Union 76

Interim Director of Special Education

posted May 26, 2017, 4:37 PM by Todd West

Hi All! As many of you know, today was Dr. Logue's last day as Director of Special Services for U76. Dr. Logue is moving down to Southern Maine to take on a new role and we wish him well and thank him for his service to Union 76! 

When it appeared that Dr. Logue would be leaving I started looking for an Interim to take his place for two reasons. First, it is most important that we have a qualified Director during our transition. Secondly, I needed to make sure that what happened to us when we had a similar change four years ago, no Director for 8 months, didn't happen again.

I am happy to announce that Ms. Susan Hodgkins has agreed to take over for the next 6-8 weeks as needed. Susan retired as the Director of Special Services in MSAD 37 in 2015 after 16 successful years as their Director. Susan comes highly recommended and we are very fortunate to have her joining our team. As an Interim Susan will be working 2 to 3 days a week (starting this coming week), while we start our search for a permanent replacement. 

A search process for our new Director will be shared shortly.

My best,

Christian M. Elkington

Superintendent Union 76

Parent Financial Aid Night 6:00pm 5/31

posted May 23, 2017, 2:43 AM by Todd West   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 3:12 AM ]

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  We are looking for a new date that works for our guest presenters.  A rescheduled date and time will be provided as soon as we are able to find one.
June 7 Update: we will reschedule this event for September, as we are unable to reschedule our guest presenters on short notice.

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