Union-area school budget OK’d at delayed referendum

Posted June 19, 2014, at 5:18 p.m.

UNION, Maine — Union-area residents approved the school budget on Wednesday in a vote that was delayed by an error at the district meeting last month.

Residents of Regional School Unit 40 voted 227 to 164 at the polls in each town to approve the 2014-15 budget. The budget passed despite being opposed in Friendship 44 to 37 and in Warren 41 to 36.

Waldoboro voters supported it 98 to 59, Union 26 to 15, and Washington 30 to 5.

The $22,893,569 budget represents about a 3 percent increase.

The budget eliminates a half-time teaching position at the high school and two teaching positions at the middle school. The elementary schools are losing library educational technician time, which may eliminate 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.

One assistant principal position at Medomak Valley High School and one at Medomak Middle School are being changed from half-time to full-time. With the start of a pre-kindergarten program in the district, a pre-kindergarten teacher and an ed tech position will be added at the Warren Community School and at the Miller School in Waldoboro. And a teaching-instructor position is being added at the Friendship Village School. Friendship shares a principal with Miller School.

Warren, Union and Friendship will pay more in taxes, while Waldoboro and Washington will pay less.

The planned June 10 referendum was delayed until Wednesday after an error was found in numbers provided to the public at the May 27 district budget meeting.

 

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