RSU 40 sends budget to voters
Warren — At its April 3 meeting, the Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors accepted a proposed $22.7 million budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.
This is a 2.47 percent increase instead of perceived 3.37 percent increase over last year for voters — made possible primarily by bringing $200,000 of MaineCare expenditures and reimbursements into the General Fund Balance, according to Business Manager Karla Miller.
Also impacting the budget is the acceptance of implementing a pre-kindergarten program at Miller School in Waldoboro and Warren Community School. Two teaching positions (one fourth grade and one fifth grade) were reconfigured at WCS to create a pre-K teacher and ed tech, and a literacy interventionist.
Other adjustments to the budget were: making assistant principals at the high school and middle school full-time positions; adding a teaching principal at Friendship Village School; and the addition of four Special Education ed techs.
Library ed techs positions were reduced at all schools. Physical education, art and music was reduced by one day at WCS; along with other reductions.
The five-town breakdown of contributions is:
— Friendship, $1,721,612, up 2.01 percent or $34,006 from last year
— Union, $1,961,883, up .11 percent or $2,061
— Waldoboro, $4,560,645, down 1.3 percent or $60,254
— Warren, $3,503,654, up 3.39 percent or $114,754
— Washington, $1,295,527, down 1.12 percent or $14,692
Town contributions are based on state town valuation and residential students. Warren gained 5.5 students from 2014 to 2015 and was the only town to do so, according to Miller.
Waldoboro lost 52.5 students, Friendship lost 3.5, Union decreased by 13.5, and Washington lost 12 students.
State valuations went down in all five towns.
Residents of RSU 40 will be presented the budget at a public meeting Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at Medomak Valley High School. Validation of the budget by referendum vote will take place Tuesday, June 10.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.