The Camden-Rockport school board’s finance committee will convene Monday, March 8 at 6 p.m. for a special meeting to discuss the 2010-2011 budget and potential cuts and savings.

Maine School Administrative District 28 oversees grades kindergarten through eighth grade at the Camden-Rockport Elementary School and the Camden-Rockport Middle School.

The finance committee will meet again on Saturday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to noon for a budget workshop. Both finance committee meetings will be held in the Camden-Rockport Elementary School atrium on Route 90 in Rockport.

The full school board will meet Wednesday, March 17 for its regularly scheduled meeting.

The Monday, March 8 meeting will focus on reviewing proposed cuts to the budget before the Saturday, March 13 session, which will represent a methodical analysis of the budget.

SAD 28, educating 363 students at the elementary school and approximately 425 at the middle school, faces a state education subsidy loss of $393,541. That figure includes the $188,312 penalty assessed on the two towns for not consolidating with Appleton, Hope and Lincolnville last year.

The district’s $12.5 million requested budget represents a $169,278 increase from the current year’s budget. The increase includes a proposed $76,400 expenditure for a new school bus and ongoing maintenance to the middle school’s heating and ventilation system.