SAD 41 budget of almost $7.5M approved SAD 41 budget of almost $7.5M approved

Posted June 16, 2010, at 9:43 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:38 a.m.

MILO, Maine — Residents in Milo, Brownville, Atkinson and LaGrange will go to the polls on June 23 to decide whether to validate the SAD 41 budget, which was approved 26-3 Tuesday during a districtwide budget meeting.

In addition to validating the vote as required by state law, residents will be asked whether they want to continue the validation vote in future years.

The $7,468,000 school budget reflects a reduction from last year of $430,237, according to SAD 41 Superintendent Michael Wright.

“We were pleased with the support and we tried to bring in a budget that was sensitive to the needs of the taxpayer but also allowed us to maintain a similar level of programming,” Wright said Wednesday.

To help pare the budget, directors decided not to replace the retiring maintenance and transportation supervisor. Instead of a full-time position, the district now has two part-time positions to fill the role. The salary reduction in the transportation department and the fact that a new bus will not be purchased next year helped reduce the account by about $80,000, according to Wright.

In addition, a study hall monitor was eliminated, as was a special education resource room teaching position. The person who held the latter job now will serve as principal and special education teacher at Marion C. Cook Elementary School in LaGrange, according to Wright.

The district also used some funds from the school’s minor capital fund account for maintenance to help balance the budget. The projects planned in the district now will be funded by federal stimulus dollars. Also, some education technician positions will be funded by federal dollars rather than local funds, he said.

Wright said the additional funds to be raised locally beyond the local match for state subsidy would be less than last year. The district raised $473,000 locally last year in addition to the match for state subsidy, and this year it will raise $215,000.

Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in all but one town. Atkinson’s polling hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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