Creativity in the JHB Library
Creativity in the JHB Library

Pre-K Applications are now available in each of our school offices. If you have a child turning four by Oct. 15, 2016 they are eligible to sign-up.

Additionally, children turning five by Oct. 15, 2016 are eligible to register for Kindergarten for the 2016/2017 school year. Registrations for incoming Kindergarten students will be held on April 6, 2016. Parents, please call the school at 547-3395 to schedule a screening for your child.

2896 Middle Road                 
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Office (207) 547-3395
Fax (207)-547-4438

Dr. Nancy Reynolds,

Mrs. Tracey Higgins,
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Dolly Bartley,
School Social Worker

James H. Bean School (JHB) is a Pre-K-5 school serving students in the rural town of Sidney, Maine. Sidney is one of Maine's fastest-growing towns with a population increase of 30% in the last ten years.  The town's growth is the result of its proximity to two major commerce centers, Waterville, five miles to the north, and Augusta, the State’s capital, four miles to the south. Additional appeal is due to an Interstate 95 interchange providing primary access to the town.

The town of Sidney is located in central Maine in Kennebec County. Bounded on the east by the Kennebec River and the west by Messalonskee Lake, it covers more than 42 square miles. The town has no defined commercial or settlement areas and 15 percent seasonal housing. The property mill rate is $10.00 at 100% market value. The median annual income is $42,000 with a county unemployment rate of 7.9%.

James H. Bean School, the elementary school serving the town of Sidney, is part of RSU 18. The school administrative district encompasses four towns: Belgrade, China, Oakland, Rome, and Sidney. RSU #18 provides administrative support for the district's four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school with a total student population of 282.  The district’s graduation rate is 95% with 80% of graduates accepted to a post secondary school. RSU #18's average per pupil operating cost is $5,700.00.

The James H. Bean School serves approximately 289 students of similar ethnicity, 98% white and 2% other ethnicity. 39% of JHB’s classroom teachers have master’s degrees. The teacher to student ratio is 1 to 17. JHB student performance on the Maine Educational Assessment test, a standardized exam administered annually to Maine students in grades 4, 8, and 11, exceeds the state average 57% of the time. The MEA’s are administered to measure student progress toward state learning standards.

If you are thinking of moving to our area you might find this link helpful. This is a link to a page on our state of Maine web site which provides detailed economic information about our area. Enjoy!

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Did you know that RSU 18 offers text message notifications for Messages, Events, School Closings, and Emergency News? All you need to do is:

· Ensure your preferred mobile phone number is on file with your school(s).

· Text “YES” to 68453 from your phone(s).

For help information, text HELP to 68453.  

To opt out at any time, text STOP to 68453.  

Message & data rates may apply.

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