Comments for: Bath-area school budget facing $1 million gap

Posted Jan. 10, 2012, at 7:58 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:01 p.m.

BATH | A drying up of federal stimulus money and nearly across-the-board increases in expenses will create another tough budget year in Regional School Unit 1, said Superintendent Patrick Manuel. Manuel, who took the helm of the Bath-area schools in July, said the district’s financial situation is just beginning …

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  • Anonymous

    Looks like school consolidations arecnotvpannig out.
    Costs of running a school system are usually driven by wages, salaries , and benfits and about 80% or more of the overall operating budget. Wage freezes, benefit cost savings, step freeze or eliminations will go a long way to conserving staff positions. School consolidations should be based on demographics of areas and growth patterns.
    Times are tough and costs must be reduced. A 4-5% cut overall is not unreasonable. Business has been forced to do this during the past 3 years and probably for the near future until we get Washington and State Government changed.

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