SAD 40 seeks public input on proposed budget

Posted March 17, 2010, at 10:36 p.m.

WALDOBORO, Maine — The SAD 40 budget committee will hold informational meetings at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, to review the proposed 2010-11 district budget and to solicit public input on the plan.

The meetings will be held in the Ronald E. Dolloff Auditorium at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.

The status of the budget includes the reduction of three teaching positions due to decreases in student enrollment, according to a press release from the school district. The split classrooms proposed in the original budget have been removed from the proposal. All classrooms will be single-grade classrooms due to an anticipated increase in state revenue. All elementary schools in the district will have at least one single-grade classroom at each level.

To maintain the budget committee’s requirement of no increase to the budget, a .5 percent reduction to district administration is included in the present proposal, along with the reduction of .8 percent for staff in central office administration, a reduction of .6 percent to the guidance office at Medomak Middle School, and a re-duction of a full-time position in the Art Department at Medomak Valley High School.

Various reductions have been made to supplies in all of the locations within the district. To meet the needs of district administration, a plan to reassign district administrators was presented to the budget committee for review at the last meeting.

Areas identified to receive increases include $42,000 for student textbooks, an area that did not receive funding in the present budget. There is also an allocation of approximately $10,000 to replace the aging computer system at the central administrative offices. Half of the cost of the $150,000 Laptop Program will be funded by a grant.

The public is urged to attend and share their views. The budget recommendation that comes from these meetings and the committee discussions will be the final budget presented to the board and then to the public for the votes in June.

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