HODGDON, Maine — Voters in SAD 70 will see a budget that has decreased over last year, including no increase in the district towns’ assessment for education.
Robert McDaniel, the superintendent of SAD 70, said late last week that the school board will vote on the proposed $6 million budget during their April 26 meeting
“This budget is down $190,205 over last year,” said McDaniel. “The assessment to the towns for education also has not increased.”
SAD 70 consists of the towns of Amity, Cary Plantation, Haynesville, Hodgdon, Linneus, Ludlow and New Limerick. Students are educated in two schools.
The superintendent added that he and the school board have been working hard not to force the taxpayers to absorb increases in their assessment for education.
“We have actually decreased the budget by $320,000 over the last two years,” he said. “We have worked hard to come up with as lean a budget financially as we can while still maintaining the quality of our education here.”
The district is receiving approximately $300,000 less from the state this year, and the total includes a $93,000 fine from the state for not complying with the law requiring school administration consolidation.
In November 2008, a proposed consolidation plan called for the district to merge with SAD 29 in Houlton, SAD 14 in Danforth, Community School District 9 in Dyer Brook, SAD 25 in Stacyville and the municipal units of Hersey, Moro Plantation, Orient and Bancroft to form the Tri-County Regional School Unit. Voters in Hodgdon and several other towns turned down the idea.