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School Budget Meeting Minutes 05/17/16

LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
District Budget Meeting
May 17, 2016


The District Budget Meeting was held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium of Lake Region High School.  Board members present were:     Janice Barter, Chairperson, Allison Caulfield, Karen Eller, Cindy LeBlanc, Joseph McMahon, Philip Shane, Karla Swanson-Murphy, and Alan Smith, Superintendent of Schools.   Debra Albert and Stan Buchanan were excused.    Ben Bowditch, Beth Chaplin, Tom Hancock, and Nina Stoddard were absent.   

Administrators present were:  Lisa Caron, Cheryl Cline, Erik Good, Pat Hayden, Madelyn Litz, Matthew Lokken, Andrew Madura, Rosie Schacht, Sherrie Small, Joshua Sturk, Cheryl Turpin, and Alan Smith, Superintendent of Schools.  

Superintendent Smith called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Superintendent Smith opened nominations for Moderator.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Cindy LeBlanc, to nominate
John Robinson as Moderator.  

Nominations were closed as there were no other nominations.

Mr. Smith asked for all those in favor of John Robinson as Moderator.  John Robinson was elected.

Superintendent Smith swore in John Robinson as Moderator.

Mr. Robinson asked everyone to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. Robinson shared the following information:
  • Everyone was asked to turn off their cell phone.
  • The Maine Moderators Manual will be followed for the procedure.  He will read each Article.  As several people have the backup material, he will not read the back-up material.  The Board will make a recommendation and then the floor will be open for discussion.  If anyone would like to speak regarding an article, they were asked to come up to the microphone.
  • There are two articles that require a written ballot.  Voters will go to their respective Town’s table to cast their ballot.
Mr. Smith shared the last slide and reminded everyone that the polls would be open on May 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the Budget Valiedation Referendum.

The Ballot Clerks were asked to come forward to be sworn in as follows:  
Michele Bukoveckas, Samantha Eichel, Lucille Griffin, Laurie Hodge,
Deborah Poulin, Dawn Taft, and Judy Whynot.

Article 2 – Regular Instruction

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $10,373,305 for Regular Instruction Programs for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The motion passed.



Article 3 – Special Education

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $4,904,312 for Special Education for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 4 – Career and Technical Education

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $1,459,756 for Career and Technical Education for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 5 – Other Instruction

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $527,499 for Other Instruction for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 6 – Student and Staff Support

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $2,614,165 for Student and Staff Support for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 7 – System Administration

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $894,266 for System Administration for the 2016-17 fiscal year.   The motion passed.

Article 8 – School Administration

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $1,393,218 for School Administration for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 9 – Transportation and Buses

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $1,753,273 for Transportation and Buses for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 10 – Facilities Maintenance

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $3,216,913 for Facilities Maintenance for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 11 – Debt Service and Other Commitments

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $2,092,191 for Debt Service and Other Commitments for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The motion passed.



Article 12 – All Other Expenditures

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $150,000 for All Other Expenditures, including School Lunch and Community Use of Facilities for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The motion passed.

Article 13 – State/Local EPS (Essential Programs and Services) Funding Allocation

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to appropriate $7,415,536 for the Town of Bridgton; $5,127,049 for the Town of Casco, $6,306,984 for the Town of Naples, and $2,145,719 for the Town of Sebago, for a total appropriation of $20,995,288 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 $6,938,840 for the Town of Bridgton; $4,797,463 for the Town of Casco, $5,427,693 for the Town of Naples, and $2,007,699 for the Town of Sebago; for a total amount raised of $19,171,695, 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.  The motion passed.

Article 14 – Non-State Funded Debt Service

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,805,097 for the annual payments on debt service previously approved by the voters of this District for non-state funded school construction projects and 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 Karla Swanson-Murphy, to raise and appropriate the sum of $4,780,812 in additional local funds which exceeds the State’s Essential Programs and Services funding model by $4,409,349 as required to fund the budget recommended by the Board of School Directors.  

There was a written ballot.  Vote:  40-Yes, 1-No.  The motion passed.

Article 16 – Community Use of Facilities

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, that in addition to the amount in Article 15, Maine School Administrative District raise $50,000 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 $50,000.  

There was a written ballot.  Vote:  42 Yes, 0-No.  The motion passed.






Article 17 – Food Service Program

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to raise $100,000 in additional local funds in support of the Food Service Program.  The motion passed.

Article 18 – Total School Budget Summary

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expend the sum of $29,378,898 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017 from the District’s contribution to the total costs 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.

Article 19 – Capital Reserve Fund

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to authorize the School Board to transfer $250,000 from undesignated fund balances at the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year, to the Capital Reserve Fund and to expend said funds upon the express authorization of the District voters.  The motion passed.

Article 20 – Adult Education

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to appropriate $599,328 for adult education and raise $342,585 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 21 – Expenditure of Unanticipated Revenue

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, 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.

Everyone was thanked for coming to the meeting.

Adjournment

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to adjourn.  

The meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.

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