Spending up less than 2 percent

Technology school budget ready for board vote

By Stephen Betts | Mar 24, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts

Rockland — The proposed Midcoast School of Technology budget will go before the Region 8 Cooperative Board Wednesday evening, March 27, at 7 p.m. for a final vote.

The proposed 2019-2020 budget of $5.4 million represents a 1.9 percent increase in expenditures.

Additional state subsidies should mean the local school districts that send students to the vocational school in Rockland see a slight decrease in their tax bills.

The Five-Town Community School District (Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville) is projected to pay $881,000 for 2019-2020, a decrease of about $11,000. Regional School Unit 40 (Waldoboro, Warren, Washington, Friendship and Union) will pay $739,000, down $1,000. RSU 13 (Rockland, Owls Head, South Thomaston, Thomaston and Cushing) will pay $576,000, down about $20,000. St. George will pay the same at $108,000. Vinalhaven will pay $68,000, down $9,000. North Haven will pay $25,000, down $4,000. And Islesboro will pay $40,000, down $2,000.

The new regional vocational school is scheduled to open for the start of the next school year. The current school will be leveled over the summer.

The largest expense in the vocational school budget is repayment of the borrowing for the new school project. The debt service cost for 2019-2020 is budgeted at $2,161,181.

The account for instruction is budgeted at $1,923,105. This includes programs such as automobile trades, $175,000; carpentry, $95,000; hospitality and culinary arts, $157,000; certified nursing assistant/medical, $83,000; engineering, $95,000; applied technology, $110,000; machine shop, $94,000; marine technology, $91,000; welding/metal fabrication, $90,000; emergency medical technician, $42,000; and firefighting, $40,000.

The administrative budget is proposed at $395,470.

Maintenance is budgeted at $502,830.

Student enrollment figures were not immediately available.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Mar 24, 2019 17:25

The leveling of the old school and trucking out the huge amounts of debris will result in heavy loads damaging the proposed new paving on South Main Street.

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