…of the comments section, that is. Thank you very much to one of our dear readers for sharing notes from last night’s meeting. Both thoughtful and thorough, they deserve a post of their own.
“They look too much at what they want for their kids and do not appreciate what good teachers and administration they have. They don’t say, (for instance) “Thank you, Rowena Harvey, thank you Eryn Schmidt for your hard work………..” He also made a reference to how “they” use social media to discuss issues.”
~Jon Porter on parents of Katahdin’s children
Here are a few notes from last night’s meeting:
-Article 1: reduced by $20,000 due to a teacher asking for part time
-Article 2: no change, had already been reduced $22,500 due toretirements and Ed Tech salary changes
-Articles 3 & 4: no change
-Article 5: $103,254 added back in,there was a reduction in technology updates, equip. of $15,000, reduction in literacy program update of $20,000 (THE ACTUAL UPDATE TO THE LITERACY PROGRAM WITH CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR A PROGRAM ALIGNED WITH “COMMON CORE” IS PRICED AT $87,000!!) The $20,000 is not needed this year as they cannot afford the rest of the program. It will likely be in next year’s budget. One full time Librarian in the district is eliminated and will be replaced by an Ed Tech II. It looks like the Librarian will be on the Katahdin side and the Ed Tech II on SACHS.
Article 6: $35,662 added back in
Article 7: $23,355 added back in – This is where there was discussion on the principal situation. There was no need for discussion as the “Administrative Team” had already made their decision: Jon Porter is it. He will be the principal for both schools for one year. What does this mean? Who knows – when people as questions, they don’t get answers. Also, what is the $23,355 added back in??? Didn’t we just downsize one administrative position?
Article 8: There was a $9,500 reduction due to a leave of absence.
Articles 9, 10, 11: no change
Larry Malone, “Citizens voted to reduce the budget by $289,225 and “we” would reduce it by $178,000 by adding back in $110,000. There is eventually going to be a loss. We can’t afford to keep it the way it is. There has to be some kind of losses.”
There was talk from Malone of “adding back in Administration at the end of the year”??? He said, “There’s always an advantage to sharing principals.”
It was difficult to follow where he was going with this discussion.
Greg Ryan, “If we move the high school at some point, odds are we will move it………………………………….”
Several board members simply stated they trusted what Mr. Malone and the Administrative Team recommended and supported it based on that.
Malone eventually asked Jon Porter to speak to the principal issue. He spoke of two fears he has, one being that Katahdin people will feel as if he is supporting consolidation and favors SACHS, the other being that SACHS will feel shortchanged as he is not there every day. He assured us that he will get to know the kids and will be there doing his job for the kids……..
He spoke to the parent group and people in the community, stating: “They look too much at what they want for their kids and do not appreciate what good teachers and administration they have. They don’t say, (for instance) “Thank you, Rowena Harvey, thank you Eryn Schmidt for your hard work………..” He also made a reference to how “they” use social media to discuss issues. Just need to let him know that this parent who has been very active in the parent group and involved in my children’s education because I care about what they are taught and how they are taught, isn’t that my responsibility as a parent? I also have personally thanked many teachers for my child’s education as I am sure many involved parents have. Please don’t judge us, Jon Porter, on what you don’t know as factual.