East Millinocket school board budget vote set for Tuesday

Posted July 11, 2013, at 5:54 p.m.

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — The school board will consider a list of potential spending cuts before voting on the school budget on Tuesday, the board’s chairman said this week.

The East Millinocket School Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Schenck High School auditorium to discuss the proposed $4.39 million budget that voters rejected June 28. The budget is the only item on the agenda.

The board could opt to resubmit the budget to voters as is or cut as much as $225,000 to reach the goal set for it by the Board of Selectmen, according to East Millinocket School Committee Chairman Daniel Byron.

“We are looking at in excess of $200,000 in [potential] cuts so I can’t say what we will do at this point,” Byron said.

The budget failed to pass in a 283-133 vote during the special referendum. Residents approved three more years of validation votes to be held after the annual town meeting, 286-132.

The election drew about 30 percent of the town’s 1,354 registered voters, a strong showing considering that the election happened in summertime, officials have said.

To assist in the process, should school board members agree that more cuts are warranted, Superintendent Quenten Clark compiled a list of $249,216 worth of budget cuts.

The list includes four half-time positions, including a special education teacher, a Spanish teacher, a secretary and a custodian. A second-grade position and a quarter-time English teacher’s job also would be cut, saving $142,249.

The show choir that Schenck High and Stearns High School of Millinocket students participate in would be cut for a $2,000 savings. The list also includes junior varsity baseball, basketball and softball coaching positions for about $29,000 in cuts.

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