Thursday, Nov. 30

RSU 40 leaders, town officials to meet over subsidy

By Beth A. Birmingham | Nov 28, 2017
Source: File

Union — As promised, representatives from Regional School Unit 40 have invited its area town officials to discuss its handling of additional state subsidy funds it received.

Board Chairman Danny Jackson, Superintendent Steve Nolan and Business Manager Karla Miller will be on hand at the Central Office in Union Nov. 30 to meet with town administrators and interested residents from the five towns it serves.

Led by Union Town Manager Jay Feyler, the public portion of the board meeting held Sept. 21 went on for approximately 40 minutes as various speakers demanded action.

Feyler has been requesting that the district return 50 percent of the additional $590,527 subsidy to the towns, instead of placing it in the district's undesignated fund balance. The additional state subsidy was awarded to the district in July.

State Rep. Paula Sutton, R-Warren, along with town managers Bill Lawrence of Warren and Julie Keizer of Waldoboro, echo Feyler's request.

Feyler contends the money was kept by the district to cover some of the $1.8 million deficit.

"This decision is allowable," Nolan said previously, citing a letter from an attorney.

RSU 40 serves Friendship, Union, Waldoboro, Warren, and Washington.

The meeting will be held at the RSU 40 Central Office in Union at 5 p.m., and is open to the public.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

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