Greenville-area school union plans smaller budget

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted May 31, 2013, at 9:55 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — Unlike many school districts in the state, the budget for Union 60 will decrease next year.

Residents of Beaver Cover, Greenville, Kingsbury Plantation, Shirley and Willimantic will have an opportunity to discuss and vote on the budget in a district budget meeting on June 3 in the gym of the Greenville Consolidated School. If the budget is approved, it will move to a referendum ballot vote on June 10.

The 2013-2014 school year budget for Union 60 is $3,335,622.01, which is $5,486.24 less than the current budget of $3,335,622.01, said Superintendent Beth Lorigan.

“We will go down a little bit,” she said. “We just worked really hard on trying to find places where we can really hold fast and not spend anything more than we have to to run our school.”

Lorigan said she was able to come to a lower budget without cutting positions or programs.

“We were able to keep all of our staff, which is very, very important right now,” said Lorigan. “A lot of schools aren’t in our situation.”

The school district will be receiving $36,715.03 less in subsidy from the state compared to this school year. Union 60 also will have to absorb a shift in Maine State Retirement, as all school districts must, to the amount of $39,000, she said.

“We haven’t had to cut anything. We’re living very carefully, just as we would do at home. We’re not spending any extra money,” said Lorigan.

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