FORT KENT, Maine — SAD 27 officials were remaining tight-lipped Monday after abruptly canceling the scheduled dates for three upcoming district budget events.

The previously scheduled June 23 budget informational meeting, July 7 budget hearing and July 14 budget referendum all have been postponed pending school board action, according to an email sent out Friday afternoon by Lucie Tabor, director of finances.

No new dates have been announced.

In her email, Tabor indicated the scheduling conflicts were due to Maine Department of Education statute requirements for the budget process.

“We are dealing with the department of education,” Tabor said. “There is a legislative timeline for the budget process [and] we can’t meet that timeline.”

On Monday, she declined to comment further on the reasons behind the postponements until she had the chance to brief the entire SAD 27 board at a meeting scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23.

Calls to SAD 27 Superintendent Tim Doak were not immediately returned.

Last week the SAD 27 board voted to cut another $700,000 from its proposed $12.8 million 2015-2016 budget after it was overwhelmingly rejected by local voters at referendum on June 9.

Under the new plan, students in grades three, four and five from Wallagrass and Eagle Lake would transfer from their schools to Fort Kent starting next year and St. Francis Elementary School would be closed completely. The pre-kindergarten and second-grade students in the Eagle Lake and Wallagrass elementary schools would remain there, for now.

The newly proposed budget also cuts 12 teaching and staff positions districtwide, reduces some positions to part-time and leaves some open positions vacant.

Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.