June 10, 2010

Results of school budget votes

By Scott Monroe smonroe@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

* Alternative Organizational Structure 94

The Harmony Regional School District will revise its school budget after Harmony residents voted Tuesday to reject it, 136-122.

The Harmony district will "start the entire process again," Superintendent Kevin Jordan said. The district operates in tandem with Dexter-based SAD 46 as Alternative Organizational Structure 94.

As an AOS, Harmony residents voted Tuesday on their 2010-11 budget, while voters in the SAD 46 towns of Dexter, Exeter, Ripley and Garland voted on a separate budget for their schools' operations.

The Harmony budget that failed was $1.3 million -- a $47,155 decrease from the 2009-10 budget.

The SAD 46 budget of 12.7 million passed, on a 831-429 vote. That budget is $118,724 less than this year.

A separate budget, which includes expenses for just system administration, the superintendent's office, special education and the transporation director, was approved by a show of hands in a district budget meeting June 1. Under state law, the AOS budget of $495,900, representing a $16,613 increase, did not require a referendum vote.

The school board will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, June 14, at Harmony Elementary School, to begin planning the next steps for a revised Harmony budget.

Residents voted to continue the budget validation referendum process for another three years, 921-575. Ripley was the only town to reject the continuation.

* Waterville, Winslow, Vassalboro

All three towns approved their individual school budgets, which are separate from spending the communities share as part of Alternative Organizational Structure 92.

In Vassalboro, a $7.1 million school budget was OK'd 879-263. They also voted to continue the referendum process, 790-342.

In Winslow, a $13.7 million budget was approved 1,579-347 and the continuation of the referendum passed 1,480-442.

In Waterville, a $19 million budget passed 2,352-405. Continuation of the referendum process was approved 1,939-798.

* Regional School Unit 19

Voters in Newport, Palmyra, Hartland, St. Albans, Corinna, Plymouth, Etna and Dixmont approved a $21.6 million school budget, 1,796-1,212.

Residents voted to continue the referendum process, 1,826-1,097.

"I'm very happy with the results," Superintendent William Braun said Wednesday. "I think the public realizes we had to have a significant impact on the bugdet to get the number down that low."

The budget was approved in Newport 191-102; Palmyra 299-252; Hartland 267-177; Corinna, 327-162; Etna 133-83; Dixmont 210-88; and Plymouth 154-124. Voters in St. Albans rejected the measure 224-215.

* School Administrative District 53

Voters in Burnham, Detroit and Pittsfield approved a $9.8 million school budget in a vote of 912-356.

"The margin of voter approval is significant and I hope that's a vote of confidence," Superintendent Michael Gallagher said.

Residents also voted to continue the referendum process, 830-382.

The budget was approved in Pittsfield 647-213, in Burnham 161-86, and Detroit, 96-60.

The SAD 53 budget also closing the Burnham Village School, which voters already approved at referendum.

* School Administrative District 3

A $19 million school budget for 11 area towns won approval, 1,477-747.

Residents also voted to continue the referendum process, 1,557-646.

SAD 3 serves Brooks, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Monroe, Montville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity and Waldo. Results from Waldo were not available Wednesday, but SAD 3 officials said the budget had passed based on the totals from the other 10 towns.

* School Administrative District 49

Voters in the SAD 49 communities of Fairfield, Clinton, Benton and Albion approved the $22.9 million budget in a vote of 2,521-993.

The budget was approved in Fairfield 951-418, Clinton 710-230, Benton 535-191and Albion 325-154.

Residents voted 2,403-1,040 to continue the referendum process.

* School Administrative District 12

Jackman and Moose River voters approved the $2.27 million SAD 12 budget in a vote of 185-118.

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