St. George MSU

St. George MSU Priorities & Budget 


American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Federal Funds

This document provides and overview of St. George MSU's proposed priorities and budget for federal ARP ESSER funds.  Please submit feedback by Friday, September 3, to Superintendent Mike Felton by email (, phone (207.372.6312), or by scheduling an in-person or Zoom meeting.  

  • St. George MSU received $395,993.62 in ARP ESSER funding
    • The purpose of ARP ESSER funding is
      • To implement prevention and mitigation strategies (aligned with CDC guidance to greatest extent practicable)
      • To address the academic impacts of lost instructional time through evidence-based interventions that respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students and particularly underserved student groups
    • 20% of ARP ESSER funding ($71,998.72) must be used to address academic impact of lost instructional time
      • Examples include enrichment programs, summer programming, and class-size reduction
  • St. George MSU ARP ESSER Priorities & Budget
    • Protect health and safety of students and staff while allowing for in-person learning
    • Address learning loss & lost instructional time
    • Address students’ social emotional needs


HEPA air purifiers & filters for classrooms & cafeteria


PPE for Band instruments


Career Technical Education (CTE)/ Makerspace Building providing additional learning space





Summer Academies 2021 & 2022


School-year enrichment programs through partnerships with Blueberry Cove, The Apprenticeshop, Herring Gut, and Hurricane Island Foundation


CTE/Makerspace Building providing space for St. George School & MidCoast School of Technology K-8 CTE Program





Panorama Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Assessments


Goodheart-Wilcox Comprehensive Health Skills for Middle School Curriculum




  • Total ARP ESSER Expenditures: $359,993.62

CTE/ Makerspace Building & K-12 CTE Program

We are proposing to use a total of $290,116.18 of our ARP ESSER funding to construct a CTE/Makerspace building behind the school and develop a K-12 CTE program in partnership with MidCoast School of Technology (MCST).  This summer, we were awarded a $250,000 Rethinking Remote Education Ventures (RREV) grant from the Maine Department of Education.  In addition, last year, were received a $100,000 gift from a private donor to support the construction of a CTE/Makerspace.  With these combined resources, and in partnership with MCST, we will bring CTE (also referred to as “shop” or “vocational technology”) back to St. George School and build on the success of our Makerspace Initiative that began in 2016. 

CTE integrates with academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum; features partnerships with professionals and industries that enable clear pathways to certification and degrees; and prepares students to be college and career-ready by providing core academic, employability, and technical, job-specific skills.*   Our existing CTE programming, such as the Makerspace Initiative and classes taught by our STEAM Educator**, will continue to be offered to students in grades K-8.  As students get older and enter 5th-8th grade, they will be able to take specialized classes and spend more time focused on CTE.  Our goal is to create a K-12 CTE program that will allow students, from the day they enter kindergarten through high school graduation, to (1) develop the technical, creative thinking, and social-emotional skills to thrive in an innovation economy and (2) strengthen our local and regional economies by meeting existing labor force needs and creating new businesses and industries.

Through the K-12 CTE program, the school will continue a long tradition of place-based education that grounds student learning in the history, traditions, and natural environment of St. George. Students apply their learning to strengthen the town through scientific research, civic engagement, and community service.  In the process, our students develop the skills, sense of purpose, and civic commitment to positively impact their community today and the world tomorrow

See What is CTE? Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE), (March 3, 2021). Career Technical Education offers students training and experiences through 16 “Career Clusters” that include, among others, Information Technology; Health Science; Architecture & Construction; from Agricultural, Food & Natural Resources; Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; and Arts, A/V Technology & Communications. Id.  

** STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Arts, and Math.  With the support of the School Board and community, we added a STEAM Educator to our staff in the 2017/18 school year.