Proposed Appleton Village School budget up 12 percent

By Susan Mustapich | Apr 16, 2018
Source: File photo The Appleton Village School, part of School Union 69, is proposing a 2018-19 budget totaling $2.5 million.

APPLETON — The proposed $2.5 million budget for the 2018-19 school year at Appleton Village School will undergo a final review by the school committee April 23.

The school committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m., at the school, located at 737 Union Road.

The $2.5 million school budget is an increase of 12 percent, or $276,000, over the 2017-18 school budget.

Due to an increase in state education funding for AVS, the amount to be raised in local taxes totals $1.6 million, which is an increase of 6.7 percent from 2017-18. State education revenue will increase to $803,375, for 2018-19, up $169,870 from the previous year.

Student enrollment is expected to go up to 144, from the current 138 students.

Increases in special education spending will continue to be significant. Proposed spending totals $520,942, up 15 percent, or $67,762. Special education increased 26 percent in last year's budget. While the cost of teacher salaries is down nearly 3 percent for 2018-19, education technician wages are up nearly 34 percent due to the need for additional staff.

Proposed expenses for other departments are as follows:

Regular instruction -- $1,064,592, up 16 percent, or $149,064. Gifted and talented instruction, totaling $56,681, is included in regular instruction, and is up 3.4 percent or $1,944.

Support services for students and staff -- $224,749, up 1.9 percent.

Other instruction -- $33,760, up 14.3 percent, or $4,218.

School administration -- $175,508, up 10.6 percent, or $16,805.

System administration, including the superintendent's office and school committee -- $92,575, up 5 percent, or $4,571.

Facilities maintenance -- $231,722, up 13.7 percent, or $27,841.

Transportation -- $114,900, down 8.8 percent, or $11,025. The decrease in transportation costs is due to a reduction in special needs transportation.

Debt service payments -- $58,144, down 1 percent.

 

Comments (1)
Posted by: Claire Adams | Apr 19, 2018 12:36

Last year, the School Committee raised the principal's salary by 6%; and, this year, they have approved an additional 6% raise in salary and 4% raise in benefits.  And another 3% (3% last year as well) for the office secretary.

Appleton Village School has the highest cost per student in the district 2017-18 is $17,500

...and the lowest performance on the MEA tests- again.

Appleton's per capita income is $24,240 (https://www.incomebyzipcode.com/maine/04862)

I am very concerned for our town's tax payers, who are paying the most and getting the least.  It is hard to imagine why each year the school committee rewards -generously- poor results.



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