May 26, 2018
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Madawaska school committee to get look at revised school budget

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

MADAWASKA, Maine — A week after voters rejected the proposed budget at referendum, the Madawaska School Committee will get its first look at the revised fiscal year 2014-15 school budget.

Superintendent Ginette Albert said Tuesday she is “very confident” the new budget, which does include some monetary cuts, will meet committee and voter approval.

It will be presented during an emergency meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Madawaska School Department superintendent’s conference room.

For the second year in a row, the Madawaska School Department heads into its new fiscal year, which began Tuesday, without an approved budget. It failed to pass at the June 24 validation referendum by a 238-191 vote.

The proposed $6.5 million 2014-15 budget represents a $90,500 increase from last year, but, according to Albert, about $82,000 of that goes toward buying a new school bus for the Grand Isle School Department, which tuitions its students to Madawaska and will reimburse the department for that purchase.

“So really, we are talking about an $8,000 increase over last year,” Albert said.

The proposed budget represents a $154,000 decrease in state funding requiring a commitment of $43,000 over last year.

While declining to discuss specific cuts in her new budget, Albert said she was able to look at newer state revenue figures and up-to-date carry-overs from the 2013-14 budget to determine where additional cuts could be made.

“I feel very good about this budget I am presenting,” she said Tuesday.


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