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Camden-Rockport school budget shows slight increase

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

CAMDEN, Maine — A projected increase in state aid is helping School Administrative District 28 limit the property tax hike to Camden and Rockport.

Superintendent William Shuttleworth released on Thursday, Feb. 16, a proposed 2012-2013 budget for the district that covers kindergarten through grade eight for the two towns. The budget is proposed at $12,326,150, a 1.9 percent — $230,169 — increase from the 2011-2012 budget approved last year by voters.

The superintendent noted the district is projected to receive an additional $360,000 in state aid that will help offset most of both the budget increase and a decrease in revenues from other areas such as a federal stimulus grant that has ended. The bottom line will be that districtwide, an additional $37,931 will need to come from property taxes.

Two weeks ago, Shuttleworth presented a draft 2012-2013 budget for the Five-Town Community School District — which covers the high school for Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville — that represented a 1.6 percent increase, reaching $11.4 million.

The SAD 28 budget eliminates one fifth-grade teaching position that had been added last year to respond to a large student population at that grade level. The superintendent said the large class that will enter the sixth grade can be more easily dispersed through a greater variety of exploratory classes at that level.

The Horizons Art coordinator position also is being eliminated and that job’s functions will be transferred to the assistant superintendent.

The half-time director of special services position will not be filled following the resignation of Deb Bailey, the superintendent said in his budget message to the SAD 28 board.

The district will forgo purchasing a new bus in 2012-2013.

The budget includes the purchase of 30 iPads for fifth- and sixth-grade students and wall-mounted smart-board projectors for the middle school.

Summer school also is back in the budget.

“This may be an important service to kids that are struggling to maintain and improve their achievement. This warrants further board discussion,” Shuttleworth said.

The two boards will seek public comment on Saturday, March 3, at Camden Hiills Regional High School. The SAD 28 portion of the public forum is scheduled for 9-10:30 a.m. and the Five-Town CSD from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

The budgets will be further reviewed by the boards before they are acted on through a public vote and then public referendum in June.

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