2.47 percent increase

RSU 40 sends budget to voters

By Beth A. Birmingham | Apr 07, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Budget Committee Chairman Dennis Wooster gives a preview of Warren's share of the Regional School Unit 40 budget during a selectmen's meeting April 2. The RSU 40 Board of Directors approved the budget at its April 3 meeting.

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 bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: leslie overlock | Apr 07, 2014 12:06

So the Warren School is the only one whose student population  increased but they also are the only school to lose a day of Music, Art and Physical Education along with a day that the school library will be closed? And, correct me if I'm wrong, but it's my understanding that this new preschool program can only accomodate 32 children (16 for 2 days and the other 16 for 2 days). For that we lose a day of Library, Physical  Education, Music,  & Art???  I wonder how many of those teachers will look for another job as most people need full time work/pay to survive?



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