March 25, 2018
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Union area school district sends budget to public

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

UNION, Maine — Residents of the five towns in School Administrative District 40 will have their say May 27 on a proposed $22.9 million budget that cuts some jobs, adds others, and will require about 3 percent more in property taxes.

The SAD 40 board voted Thursday night to approve the $22,893,569 spending package. The budget, which would take effect July 1, is up about 3 percent from the current fiscal year’s spending plan. Business Manager Karla Miller said, however, that $200,000 of the $746,000 increase is a bookkeeping change in which MaineCare reimbursement is moved from a separate account to the general budget and is offset by revenues.

The proposed budget would eliminate a half-time teaching position at the high school. Two teaching positions at the middle school are also being cut. A teacher filling one of those positions is retiring and another will be coming back from a sabbatical.

The elementary schools are losing library educational technician time, which may cut one or two positions while the others would remain full-time.

Physical education, art and music will be reduced by one day at Warren Community School.

There are also additions to the budget.

One assistant principal position at Medomak Valley High School and one at Medomak Middle School are being changed from half-time to full-time, under the budget proposal.

Two prekindergarten teaching positions and two prekindergarten educational technician positions are being added — two at Warren and two at Miller School in Waldoboro. This is the start of a prekindergarten program in the district.

And a teaching-instructor position is being added at the Friendship Village School. Friendship currently shares a principal with Miller School.

The proposed budget would result in Warren paying an additional $114,000 to the school district, bringing its total assessment to SAD 40 to about $3.5 million. Waldoboro would pay about $60,000 less, reducing its assessment to less than $4.6 million.

The other towns are seeing less significant changes. Union will pay about $2,000 more, Friendship $34,000 more, and Washington about $15,000 less.

The districtwide budget meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro. The referendum to act on whatever budget is approved on May 27 will be held in the five district towns on Tuesday, June 10.


Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated where the teaching cuts would occur. One half of a teaching position at the high school will be cut while two full-time positions at the middle school will be cut. The four hires for the prekindergarten program will consist of two teachers and two educational technicians.

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