Budget Update #4 – 3/18/2019

Budget Update #4 – RSU #38 School Board Budget Meeting, March 18, 2019

 “Promoting student success in all areas, as we strive for academic excellence while maintaining fiscal responsibility.”

The joint Select Boards and the RSU #38 School Board met on March 13, 2019 to review the draft FY20 School Budget.

The meeting began with a recognition ceremony for the High School Girls’ Alpine Ski Team and the Boys’ Nordic Ski Team.  Both teams earned the rank of State of Maine Class B Champions.  In addition, both teams were awarded the Sportsmanship Award in their sport, which is a recognition by their peers.

The following budget documents were shared with the Select Board and Town Managers:

20 Summary Budget 3.6.19

20 Summary Budget Changes First Draft

Prioritized Budget V1

The information shared with the town representatives represented a draft budget where no reductions were been made.  We felt it important to show the new requests that were being requested before cuts were made as a frame of reference.  There was much discussion regarding this first draft school budget. It was made clear that this first budget was considered high and the school department was encouraged to think carefully about what was sustainable across our communities, what some long term implications might be present in the budget that need consideration, and how continued support for education comes with a responsibility to be efficient and sustainable.

The Administrative Team and Managers were charged by the Select Board members and the School Board to review current budget draft expenditures as well as new requests to bring the costs to the communities down.

Our next budget workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20th, where we will be presenting a revised proposed FY20 budget to the School Board, as well the revenue projections for FY20.

There is always an opportunity for citizens of RSU #38 to speak during budget meetings in order that their concerns might be addressed during the budget process. Citizens who have a budget suggestion or concern should attend the remaining budget meetings.

Sincerely,

Jay Charette
Superintendent of Schools