Camden-area voters back school budgets, OK accepting St. George students

Posted May 28, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — The proposed 2014-2015 budgets for the Five-Town Community School District and School Administrative District 28 had smooth sailing at the district meetings on Tuesday night.

The SAD 28 budget — which serves kindergarten through eighth graders in Camden and Rockport — was approved unanimously by the 39 people who attended the district budget vote, Superintendent Elaine Nutter said Wednesday morning.

The SAD 28 budget is proposed at a little more than $12.5 million, an increase of less than 2 percent in expenditure. Increased revenues, however, will limit the projected property tax increase caused by school spending to 1.2 percent.

The proposed Five Town CSD budget for 2014-15 of nearly $11.9 million was approved 36-2 at its Tuesday night vote, Nutter said. The budget for the Five-Town district — which serves the high school for students in Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville — contains an increase of nearly 4 percent, or about $450,000.

The budgets approved at the meetings now go on the June 10 ballot for a yes or no vote.

Nutter said Five-Town voters also approved an agreement in which the district would accept 15 to 25 St. George students starting in September 2015. This is contingent on St. George reaching a withdrawal agreement with Regional School Unit 13 based in Rockland as well as approval from the state Department of Education.

Nutter said the board members, administrators and staff work from when one budget is approved to the next one is put before residents to scrutinize. That work and their efforts to get public participation in the process are why she believes the budgets received such strong voter support.

 

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