Rockland-area school budget approved

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted June 12, 2012, at 10:53 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The $26.5 million budget for Regional School Unit 13 was approved by a healthy margin Tuesday night.

The 2012-2013 budget will raise local property taxes, particularly in Rockland, cut some positions and add other positions.

The budget was approved 968-625.

A second ballot question asking voters whether they wanted the district to borrow up to $500,000 for a lengthy list of building repairs was leading 822-477 with Thomaston results for that article not immediately available.

The $26.5 million budget was backed in each of the six communities: Rockland, 325-215; St. George, 176-108; Thomaston 177-97; Owls Head, 111-81; South Thomaston, 85-70; and Cushing, 94-54.

The budget cuts three special education teaching posts and six special education ed tech posts. At the same time, the budget would add a special education clinical supervisor, a half-time technology teacher, a half-time technology integrationist, an elementary world language teacher, and a post to help students make transitions to the work force.

The budget represents an increase of about 2 percent from the 2011-2012 budget. But the loss of $370,000 in state aid and $470,000 in federal stimulus money will require additional property tax money to cover the difference.

Rockland will see the largest increase, having to pay an additional $310,832. St. George would pay $133,562 more under the proposed budget, Thomaston an additional $127,801, Owls Head an extra $127,152, South Thomaston an additional $114,456, and Cushing $3,613 more.

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