HERMON, Maine — Voters will be asked to adopt an $11.6 million school budget for the coming year during a special town meeting at 6:30 tonight at Hermon Middle School.
Town Manager Clinton Deschene said Tuesday that while the proposed $11,591,262 budget for the 2010-11 school year reflects a decrease of about 7.5 percent from this year’s $12,511,684 education budget, it will require more local support.
Deschene said that more local tax dollars will be needed next fiscal year primarily to cover the town’s debt service for school building and repair projects and to meet the minimum amount that the town must provide in school funding in order to be eligible for state aid to education.
Another factor, he said, is an estimated $700,000 drop in funding from the state, which reduced the funding for public education to balance its own budget. In addition, the amount of “carry forward” funds, or money left over from one budget year that can be applied to the next, has shrunk.
Though Superintendent Patricia Duran was not available for an interview Tuesday afternoon, she confirmed that the pared-down budget, if adopted, would result in a reduction of positions. No program cuts are proposed.
Wednesday’s special town meeting is the first of two voter approvals required by the state, Deschene said. He said that voters would be asked to approve school funding again during the annual town meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, in the Hermon High School auditorium.