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Hampden area school budget headed back to district budget meeting

The new version of the proposed $30,972,944 school budget for this school year reflects a 2.96 percent increase from last year, as opposed to the 2.8 percent increase it called for in the initial version.
Former gubernatorial candidate, Eliot Cutler (left) and University of Maine System Chancellor James Page.

Alfond Foundation offers $7.5 million boost for Maine graduate center

It would be the largest private gift to a project involving multiple campuses in the system’s history.
Rumford Elementary School teacher Sarah Lambert stocks her school's small food pantry. The school is one of many across Maine that has added new services beyond the classroom in recent years.

As tax bases erode, rural schools struggle to meet students’ basic needs

Educators say they’re taking on responsibilities they’ve never had before: providing extra food, medical services and even washers and dryers to clean students’ clothes.
Students walk across the University of Maine Mall in Orono between classes in this 2011 file photo. The UMaine System board of trustees on Monday created a 17-seat panel tasked with finding a new replacement for outgoing President Susan Hunter, who oversees the Orono and Machias campuses, when she retires in June 2018.

UMaine System starts search for next president of Orono, Machias campuses

The University of Maine System has begun the process of finding a president who will lead the system’s largest and smallest campus.

Trump official apologizes for saying most campus sexual assault accusations come after drunken sex, breakups

Candice Jackson, the acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education, made the comments in a New York Times story that prompted backlash from critics who said the comments perpetuated harmful stereotypes of sexual assault victims.

State names 3 finalists in school consolidation pilot project

Three groups of Maine schools, representing districts that are struggling with declining enrollment and flagging finances, are vying for state support to create new, creative models for consolidation.

Hampden area school district budget redo underway

Less than a month after voters in Hampden, Winterport, Newburgh and Frankfort shot down their proposed $30 million school budget in a 710-637 vote, RSU 22 school officials returned to the drawing board for a budget approval redo.

High school students more likely to save for college, avoid debt

High school students who grew up during the 2007-09 recession are showing a greater tendency to save for college, avoid debt, and embrace attending two-year community colleges and vocational schools.