Saturday, April 19, 2014
* 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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