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District Budget Meeting – Thursday, May 26, 2016

The annual District Budget Meeting will be held this Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Orion Performing Arts Center.  This important event determines the amount of funding that will be requested from our four communities to support education in M.S.A.D. No. 75.
 
The budget being presented at the meeting for FY 17 is $37,574,538.  While the budget is increasing for next year, it contains both reductions in staff and reallocation of staff.  The anticipated decrease in enrollment in the elementary grades is being addressed with the reduction of two teacher positions.   Current positions are also being reallocated to better meet student needs, including reassigning a high school English teacher to a Response to Intervention (RTI) Reading Teacher.  Another position at the high school will be converted from the Social Studies Department to create an Alternative Education program for freshmen and sophomores.  Several Special Education positions at the elementary level are also being reallocated to provide behavior support at each elementary school.
 
The proposed budget does include the following additions:
 

  • Adding a 1.0 FTE (full-time equivalent) classroom teacher at Williams-Cone School to address class size and student needs
  • Increasing a District Office Administrative Assistant’s time by one (1) hour per day
  • Entering into a contract for a 1.0 FTE Teacher of the Deaf and a 0.5 FTE Interpreter
  • Repurposing expired lease funds to maintain aging laptops
  • Adding funds for increased Out-of-District transportation costs
  • Replacing two vans to transport students
  • Purchasing diagnostic tools to better assess and repair needs of District vehicles

 
Finally, we will maintain our commitment to a School Resource Officer in cooperation with the Topsham Police Department.
 
The budget is an increase in the local share of $489,021.  That is an increase of 2.2% to the local share.
 
I encourage you, as residents of our four communities, to attend this important meeting!  You are also reminded that the Budget Validation Referendum will be held Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
 
Bradley V. Smith
Superintendent of Schools
 

 

 

 

 

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