Special town meeting May 23 set for Lincolnville school budget

By Susan Mustapich | May 18, 2018
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Repairs to the north wall of the Lincolnville Central School gymnasium were completed this year. Funds are added to the 2018-19 budget for repairs to the east wall.

LINCOLNVILLE — The proposed $3.5 million budget for the 2018-19 school year at Lincolnville Central School is set for a special town meeting May 23.

The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m., in the Walsh Common at the school, located at 523 Hope Road.

The proposed $3,542,440 million budget is up $159,580, or 4.7 percent, from 2017-18, primarily due to costs for facilities maintenance and building repairs, and education costs, according to Principal Paul Russo.

The amount to be raised in local taxes for the 2018-19 school budget totals $3,202,539, up $208,584, or 7 percent. State funding for the Lincolnville Central School is dropping by about $50,000 next year, according to Russo.

Building operations and maintenance costs of $375,650 are up $103,392 or 38.6 percent. The amount of $55,000 has been added to repair the gymnasium's east wall. The wall was tested for moisture and damage, due to failed Werzalit brand exterior siding, and revealed moisture problems, according to Russo. Moisture was also detected in the west wall, which will be repaired next year. In 2017, the need was identified for extensive repair of the north wall of the gymnasium, above the metal roof, due to the failure of the siding. The Werzalit siding failed, becoming saturated with moisture. The north wall of the gymnasium, which had the most extensive structural damage beneath the siding, was repaired this year at a cost of $140,000. The funds were taken from a capital reserve fund, which is now depleted.

The proposed increases in education costs are as follows: regular instruction up less than 1 percent to $1,335,303; gifted and talented up 3.7 percent to $46,248; and special education instruction and administration up 6 percent to $442,167.

School administration costs are up 6.5 percent to $180,047. Lincolnville's share of School Union 69 administration costs for the superintendent's office is up 10 percent to $117,088. Russo said superintendent's office costs are based on a formula, and are going up due to an increase in enrollment at the Lincolnville Central School. The school enrolls 220 students.

A majority vote of the registered Lincolnville voters present at the special town meeting is needed for the budget to be approved. Voters may change items dealing with expenses necessary to operate the school, and appropriations for reserve and contingency funds, according to state law.

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