CSD, SAD 28 schools present increased budgets
Camden — Area schools at all levels expect to see increased spending during the upcoming year; proposed budgets for each of the three schools were presented during public forums March 25.
Residents of both Camden and Rockport will be asked to support a 1 percent increase to operate Camden-Rockport Elementary and Middle schools next year and will also be asked along with residents Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville to support a larger increase in the budget to operate Camden Hills Regional High School.
One of the major concerns during the past year has been the financial and physical impact of outsourcing custodial services. Five Town Community School District officials decided early this year there were no real savings to do so at the high school, but the topic was still under discussion in Maine School Administrative District 28 in recent months. Both budgets presented at the meeting included the cost of keeping custodians currently employed by the district.
District officials in SAD 28 laid out a $12.5 million budget for 2014-15 that increases the budget above last year's by 1.2 percent. The proposed budget also called for the addition of one teacher at the middle school and a school social worker due to increased enrollment.
Residents in Camden will be asked to pay $58,000 more this year totaling $6.2 million, while Rockport residents will be asked to support a $78,000 increase over last year, making their total share $5.2 million.
The budget proposed for Five Town CSD saw a much larger increase due to reduced revenue for the operation of the high school. The CSD budget, at just short of $12 million is almost $450,000 -- or 4 percent -- higher than last year.
Rockport residents would see the largest increase with its share rising by $285,000 (8 percent) to cover a little more than $3.8 million under the proposed budget.
Camden’s share would increase $224,000 -- 6 percent -- to nearly $3.8 million.
Lincolnville’s share under the proposed budget would increase by 4 percent -- $66,000 -- to $1.6 million; while Appleton’s share will increase by $15,000 to $573,000, a 4 percent increase. Residents of Hope have a projected increase of $31,000 -- 6 percent higher than last year’s budget -- to $427,000.
The CSD school board has planned to take a final vote on the overall budget on Wednesday, April 2. The public is invited to vote on the proposed budget at a district-wide meeting slated for May 27 starting at 7 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium.
The SAD 28 board is expected to vote on the proposed budget April 16. The district meeting is schedule for 7 p.m. May 27 in the Strom Auditorium.
A referendum to support or reject both proposed budgets will be decided by the voters of each town at the poles June 10.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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