SAD 33 budget meeting tonight

Posted May 24, 2010, at 3:15 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:55 a.m.

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Voters in the two towns that make up SAD 33 will have a chance to advance the district’s $3.5 million annual budget to referendum Tuesday.

The SAD 33 board of directors approved the 2010-11 budget at their regular meeting May 12.

The prekindergarten through grade 12 proposed budget of over $3.5 million is down 4.14 percent from the current budget, and the adult education budget of $28,000 is up 2.5 percent. Despite a penalty of over $54,000 to the district for not complying with state law requiring school districts to consolidate administrations, the board was able to present voters with a lower budget than last year.

Superintendent Dr. Fern Desjardins said Monday that the district lost $224,708 in state aid this year, and the local contribution for education costs is up $3,174 over last year.

Desjardins said the budget includes the elimination of two teaching positions at the elementary level, a quarter-time teacher that developed the French curriculum and assisted teachers in the teaching of French and a bus purchase, along with reductions in building repairs and maintenance, insurance premium costs, electricity and fuel expenses.

“Bidding for insurance and investments made to improve lighting and reduce energy usage last year have paid off,” Desjardins said Monday.

Residents of Frenchville and St. Agatha will vote on the budget at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at the Wisdom Middle/High School cafeteria.

Following the budget approval at the meeting on May 25, residents also will vote on the budget by referendum on Tuesday, June 8, during the primary election and statewide referendum election. The polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Frenchville Community Center and St. Agatha Town Office.

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