A Reader Writes, on behalf of a fed-up community; Readers?

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The following was submitted to Timbered Classrooms, with a request to share with our readers, for their consideration and feedback

“Number 1:   Must make a motion to vote on all articles (1 through 14) by written ballot.

 

Art. 12: Motion to appropriate $0.00 dollars for the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs & Services Funding Act and to raise and assess $0.00 dollars as each municipality’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs & Services Funding Act in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688.

Art. 13 Motion to raise & appropriate $0.00 dollars in additional local funds.

Art. 14 Motion to authorize the school board to expend $0.00 dollars for the fiscal year beginning 07/01/2014 and ending 06/30/2015 from the Regional School Unit’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs & 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 the schools.

Read the full text of the submission, from a determined group of RSU #50 community members here, and be sure to offer them YOUR feedback!

RSU BUDGET NOTES

Budget Vote

Tuesday, July 29th 7:00pm KHS

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2 responses to “A Reader Writes, on behalf of a fed-up community; Readers?

  1. By supporting this approach to the budget, citizens will have the opportunity to “hold” the budget where it is (2013-14 budget) and not allow the increase. The board would be forced to operate off last year’s budget until a new budget is passed. Voting it down on Tuesday, July 29, will save time and money and hopefully move this process along as we say “NO” we will not support an increase in this budget! A school budget of nearly 10 million dollars is bizarre for a district with 700 students! We all know this. We never feel that we can have any say and we never feel that we can make a difference. Well, here’s our chance to make that difference. Sherman’s Town Manager, Debbie O’Roak, is willing to stand up at Tuesday’s meeting and make the motion that we vote zero dollars. She will need voters PRESENT to vote in favor of her motion. At the June budget meeting, there were about 75 people present, the votes were going about 50 supporting the budget and 25 against it. This would mean that Debbie would need 50 plus supporters at the meeting! Please encourage family, friends, neighbors, etc. to attend Tuesday’s meeting at KHS at 7:00 pm!!

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    • They will, of course, claim that the reason the budget is so high is that Katahdin is still open; that if only people would stop being so selfish, close their school and bus kids and money to SACS everything would be splendid….. “Think of the kids!” they will plead…. Easy for people to believe, sadly, but patently false.

      Costs never rise and fall with population; the departure of one child does not reduce costs by the amount he or she takes away…. Katahdin’s last budget before RSU was $4,430,713. …so it sound reasonable for it to double with another k-12 unit, right? Not necessarily. How many fewer faculty members are there? ..staff that works with kids? How many more bureaucrats/managers? …and what are we paying them compared to teachers? The costs associated solely with the RSU are high, and children paid more of them than taxpayers. Clearly more of 2010’s budget went to kids.

      At least one of our readers is analyzing previous budgets to show where the “fluff” really lies. They are available here: https://atimberedchoir.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/where-have-all-the-savings-gone/

      They will try and scare and shame you – it’s a well-worn script! …so, please, be prepared to show where the waste; the inflated budget lines are.

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