June 19, 2018
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Camden area school budgets on to residents

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

CAMDEN, Maine — The School Administrative District 28 and Five-Town Community School District boards have given their approval to school budgets that reduce several positions.

The budgets, which are less than what originally was submitted by the administration, now go to residents for their action.

The SAD 28 Board approved Wednesday evening a proposed $12,310,000 budget for 2013-2014 for the district that oversees kindergarten through eighth grades in Camden and Rockport.

The spending package is up less than 1 percent from the budget approved last year by voters.

Superintendent Elaine Nutter said Thursday that the SAD 28 budget cuts a physical education/health teacher but will not result in any less physical education for students. The budget also cuts four-and-a-half educational technician jobs and a special education teacher which is the result largely of fewer students needing the service. A guidance position was reduced to half time and a computer integration position was cut. She said students and teachers have had laptop computers long enough to be able to perform that function themselves.

A proposed addition of a groundskeeper was cut, the superintendent added.

A reduction in state aid and the possibility that the district will need to pick up a share of teacher retirement contributions previously paid for by the state will require additional property taxes from both towns.

Camden will see its payment to the school district increase $264,000, reaching $6.1 million.

Rockport’s share will increase $36,000, reaching nearly $5.2 million under the proposed budget.

Residents will get their opportunity to vote on the budget at the district-wide budget meeting beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, in the Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School.

The Five-Town CSD Board approved the high school budget for Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Hope and Appleton at its meeting last week.

The proposed CSD budget approved by the board was $11,419,000, up 2 percent from the budget approved by voters last year.

The CSD budget had a librarian position cut to half-time and a custodial position was reduced.

In terms of the high school budget, Rockport will see its payments increase $145,000, reaching $3.54 million. Camden’s costs will increase $86,000, reaching $3.55 million. Lincolnville will see its costs drop $30,000 to $1.55 million. Hope will pay an additional $25,000, reaching $541,000. Appleton’s share will increase $36,000 to $411,000.

The district-wide budget meeting for the CSD will be on the same evening and at the same place as the SAD 28 hearing but will start at 7 p.m. after the SAD 28 meeting is concluded.

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