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School Board Minutes 05/18/2010

Lake Region School District
Annual District Budget Meeting
May 18, 2010


The Annual District Budget meeting was held on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium at Lake Region High School.  

Board members present were:  Wayne Warner, Chairperson, Janice Barter,      Beth Chaplin, Jean Clancy, Jody Gray, Richard Merritt, Laura Ordway, and  Philip Shane, and Patrick R. Phillips, Superintendent of Schools.  

Approximately 50 community members were present.

Chairperson Warner welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Superintendent Phillips was introduced.  He also welcomed and thanked everyone for coming to this annual event.  
 
Article 1 – Elect a Moderator

Superintendent Phillips opened the meeting at 6:40 p.m.   He asked for nominations for Moderator.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Jean Clancy, to nominate  Donald Steven Collins as Moderator.  As no other nominations were made for Moderator, nominations ceased.  Those wishing to cast a ballot to elect the Moderator were asked to do so.  Donald Steven Collins was elected as Moderator.

Superintendent Phillips swore in Donald S. Collins as Moderator.

Mr. Collins swore in the Ballot Clerks as follows:  Sandra Fredericks,   Deborah Poulin, Laurie Hodge, Judy Whynot, Michele Bukoveckas, Maureen Scanlon,
John Anderson, and Dawn Taft.

Mr. Collins mentioned that the meeting would be conducted using the Maine Moderators Manual – 5th edition.  Mandatory written ballots are required on Articles 15, 16 and 17.

Article 2:  Regular Instruction K-12

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Jean Clancy, to expend $9,289,202 for Regular Instruction Programs for the 2010-11 fiscal year.    

Dave Morton, the Town Manager from the Town of Casco, addressed everyone as a resident.  He mentioned the following:
  • Education is the most important service provided by the Towns.
  • The impact of the budget to the Town of Casco is a concern.
  • There will be an increase of $400 per household for a typical home with a value of $200,000.
  • The Board members, Superintendent and Administrators were thanked for their hard work in developing the budget and the sacrifices that were made.  
  • The reason we are in this position and the reason we are here is due to change in policy and the State law.  



  • The State was supposed to support 55% of the cost of education, but that has not happened.
  • The EPS model redefined state funding for education and took funds away from the District.
The forced consolidation program execution was flawed, there has been no significant savings statewide.
  • With no increase in spending, there has been a $1,000,000 decrease to the District by the State.   
The motion passed.   

Article 3 – Special Education

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Wayne Warner, to expend $4,647,218 for Special Education for the 2010-11 fiscal year.   The motion passed.

Article 4 – Career and Technical Education

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to expend $937,468 for Career and Technical Education for the 2010-11 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 5 – Other Instruction

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to expend $460,017 for Other Instruction for the 2010-11 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 6 – Student and Staff Support

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Jean Clancy, to expend $2,404,367 for Student and Staff Support for the 2010-11 fiscal year.   

A deaf parent with two children in the school district requested that the District install a video phone so that his children could communicate with their parents by talking on the internet.  There is federal funding available for the system so there should be no cost to the District.  The Superintendent responded that the District would investigate the possibility of installing a video phone.

The motion passed.

Article 7 – System Administration
 
A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to expend $738,639 for System Administration for the 2010-11 fiscal year.  The motion passed.  

Article 8 – School Administration

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to expend $1,155,102 for School Administration for the 2010-11 fiscal year.  The motion passed.


Article 9 – Transportation and Buses

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to expend $1,447,804 for Transportation and Buses for the 2010-11 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 10 – Facilities Maintenance

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to expend $2,853,763 for Facilities Maintenance for the 2010-11 fiscal year.   The motion passed.

Article 11 – Debt Service and other Commitments

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to expend  $1,197,906 for Debt Service and Other Commitments for the 2010-11 fiscal year.  The motion passed.  

Article 12 – All Other Expenditures

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to expend $85,000 for All Other Expenditures for the 2010-11 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 13 – State and Local EPS Funding

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to appropriate   $19,328,747 for the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act and to raise $18,135,175 and assess as each municipality’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688 per the recommended amounts set forth below:


Total Appropriated (by municipality):
Total raised (and district assessments by municipality):
Town of Bridgton:          $ 6,150,407
Town of Bridgton:   $ 6,150,407
Town of Casco:               5,276,748
Town of Casco:        4,340,445
Town of Naples:              5,485,499
Town of Naples:       5,228,230
Town of Sebago:              2,416,093
Town of Sebago:       2,416,093
School District Total      $19,328,747  
Appropriated:             
School District
Total Raised:       $18,135,175

The motion passed.

Article 14 – Non-State Funded Debt Service

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to raise and appropriate $438,703 for the annual payments on debt service previously approved by the voters of this District for non-state funded school construction projects, the non-state funded portions of school construction projects in addition to the funds appropriated as the local share of the District’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12.  The motion passed.

Article 15 – Additional Local Funds

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to raise and appropriate $3,846,120 in additional local funds which exceeds the State’s Essential Programs and Services funding model by $3,438,948 as required to fund the budget recommended by the Board of School Directors.  

A written ballot was required.  Vote:  36-Yes, 11-No.  The motion passed.

Article 16 - Community Use of Facilities

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Richard Merritt, that in addition to the amount in Article 15, Maine School Administrative District No. 61 raise $35,000 in additional local funds to keep District facilities open for community and other programs on Saturdays and school vacations, which sum exceeds the State’s Essential Programs and Services model by $35,000.  

The Moderator explained that this was a closed Article.  Only an amendment for a lesser amount would be allowed.  

A written ballot was required.  Vote:  39-Yes, 9-No.  The motion passed.   
 
Article 17 – Food Service Program

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, that in addition to the amount in Article 15, Maine School Administrative District No. 61 raise $50,000 in additional local funds in support of the Food Service Program which sum exceeds the State’s Essential Programs and Services model by $50,000.  

A written ballot was required.  Vote:  40-Yes, 9-No.  The motion passed.

Article 18 – Total School Budget Summary

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to expend $25,216,486 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010 and ending June 30, 2011 from the District’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, non-state funded school construction projects, additional local funds for school purposes under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15690, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, state subsidy and other receipts for the support of schools.  

The motion passed.

Dave Morton expressed deep appreciation and thanks to Roger Lowell, the Principal at Lake Region High School, who submitted his intent to retire as of June 30, 2010.  

Article 19 – Adult Education

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to appropriate $653,119 for adult education and raise $228,152 as the local share; with authorization to expend any additional, incidental, or miscellaneous receipts in the interest and for the well-being of the adult education program. The motion passed.


Article 20 – Expenditure of Unanticipated Revenues

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to authorize Maine School Administrative District No. 61 to expend such other sums as may be received from federal or state grants or programs or other sources during the fiscal year for school purposes provided that such grants, programs or other sources do not require the expenditure of other funds not previously appropriated.   The motion passed.

Superintendent Phillips reminded everyone to vote in the Budget Validation Referendum on Tuesday, May 25 at their Town voting place.  Voters will be asked to vote on a second ballot item which is required by the State of Maine.  Voters will vote on whether they wish to continue the budget validation referendum process in Maine School Administrative District No. 61 for an additional three years.  A “yes” vote will require the District to continue to conduct a referendum to validate its annual school budget for the next three years.  A “no” vote will discontinue the budget validation referendum for at least three years and provide instead that the annual school budget shall be finally adopted at a meeting of the voters.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to adjourn.  The motion passed.

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.  

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