Hermon to vote on $11.9M school budget

Posted May 26, 2011, at 6:16 p.m.
Last modified May 27, 2011, at 1:25 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Voters will be asked to adopt an $11.9 million school budget for the coming year during a special town meeting on June 2 and a budget validation referendum on June 14.

The special town meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Hermon High School auditorium, Town Manager Clinton Deschene said Thursday.

The referendum vote will take place at Hermon Elementary School in conjunction with the annual Town Council and school committee elections, he said. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A three-way race is shaping up for two expiring council posts now held by Anne Freeman and Robin Hall. Hall is not seeking re-election.

On the election ballot are Freeman and former council members Anthony Reynolds and Donald Pelletier. Deschene noted that no one has stepped forward for Ralph Carr’s expiring school committee seat, which likely will be filled through a write-in vote.

Though Superintendent Patricia Duran was not available for an interview Thursday or Friday, budget documents provided to town officials indicate that school officials have developed a proposed $11,962,894 education spending plan that will require $3,924,444 in local support, up $197,044 from this year.

A breakdown of the proposed budget shows that 73 percent of the total is earmarked for salaries and benefits, 13 percent for supplies and equipment and 5 percent for purchased services.

Deschene said earlier this spring that more local tax dollars would be needed for education in the coming fiscal year, which begins on July 1, because of a decrease in state funding.

CORRECTION:

An early version of this story incorrectly referred to Anne Freeman as chairwoman of the Town Council.

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