Mars Hill, Blaine voters to consider SAD 42 school budget

Posted May 26, 2011, at 7:32 p.m.

MARS HILL, Maine — Voters in SAD 42 are expected to go to the polls on June 7 to cast a referendum vote on the district’s $4.7 million budget.

SAD 42 consists of the towns of Mars Hill and Blaine and serves tuition students from E Plantation and Bridgewater. The school boards of SAD 42 in Mars Hill, SAD 20 in Fort Fairfield and the Bridgewater School Department make up an Alternative Organizational Structure, or AOS, named the Mid-County School System.

Schools that are part of the AOS share some services but approve their budgets separately.

Mark Gendron, superintendent in Fort Fairfield, put together the budget for the AOS. He said Thursday that the educational part of the budget is down 1 percent, or $70,000, over last year.

The district lost $211,000 in state subsidy this year. Despite that, the district did not have to cut any positions.

“We had a new boiler put in, so that means we are going to see some overall savings as far as our oil bill,” he said.

None of the towns will be asked to contribute more toward the local share of education.

Voters in Fort Fairfield already have approved their budget, and voted last year to do away with the referendum process.

That budget was down 4.8 percent over last year, according to Gendron.

The Bridgewater School Department budget also has been approved. Taxpayers in that community will see no increase in the local commitment to education.

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