Voters to decide whether to fund nearly $17M Freeport High School expansion

Posted June 05, 2013, at 10:38 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 06, 2013, at 10:22 a.m.

FREEPORT, Maine — Regional School Unit 5 voters will face two referendum questions Tuesday, June 11: whether to approve a $25.8 million fiscal 2014 budget for Regional School Unit 5 and whether to authorize a $16.9 million expansion of Freeport High School.

The proposed RSU 5 budget was adopted during a public meeting on May 22 and includes about $200,000 for teacher retirement payouts traditionally paid for by the state and $70,000 to hire a math teaching strategist to help low-performing students.

The increase also boosts the tax impact on the three towns in the district, pushing Durham’s increase to 10.5 percent, Pownal’s to 8.9 percent and Freeport’s to 3.4 percent. The spending plan represents more than a 4 percent increase from the 2013 budget.

Voters also will weigh the facility needs of Freeport High School with a $17 million renovation proposal.

The proposal calls for renovations and several additions, including nine new classrooms to accommodate projected growth in enrollment. If approved, the plan also calls for an eight-lane track and athletic field to replace the current grass field.