SAD 70 voters OK budget of $6.3 million

Posted June 18, 2009, at 9:24 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:46 a.m.

HODGDON, Maine — Voters in SAD 70 have given the nod to a $6.3 million budget for the 2009-2010 school year.

District officials said Thursday that no changes were made to the budget, which contained a number of cuts.

Taxpayers from Amity, Cary Plantation, Haynesville, Hodgdon, Linneus, Ludlow and New Limerick voted 74-14 in favor of the budget.

This year’s budget was down approximately $150,000 from last year’s budget.

Since district voters have not approved any state-mandated consolidation plan, SAD 70 is being hit with an $88,000 penalty for not complying with the law.

The district also is seeing fewer educational dollars because of state cutbacks and the Essential Programs and Services funding formula.

The budget included a reduction in staffing by 5 1/5 positions.

Those reductions included two retiring teachers who will not be replaced, and elimination of one elementary school teaching position.

The assessments to all of the towns were down, with the exception of Linneus.