Voters in the five towns of SAD 1 on Tuesday evening approved a vote on the district’s $22.3 million budget, which includes the elimination of full-time and part-time positions.
The SAD 1 budget for the 2010-11 school year is down $352,761 from last year, but Superintendent Gehrig Johnson said recently that state valuations have risen in recent years by an average of about 7.3 percent for the district’s five municipal members. Because of this, the district will seek an increase in local property tax dollars of $158,465.
The district consists of Presque Isle, Chapman, Castle Hill, Mapleton and Westfield.
Earlier this year, the district learned it would receive a decrease of $650,000 in state aid, which led to significant budget cuts. Johnson said the district also received an early warning of an additional loss of $700,000 in state aid for 2011-12.
Johnson said that in order to address the loss of state aid and to keep any local increases to a minimum, the district had to eliminate a dozen full-time positions and more than 20 part-time or stipend positions from the budget. Those cuts saved almost $600,000 in employment-related expenses, he said.
The district also reduced other costs for supplies and equipment by more than $460,000, Johnson said.