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School committees this week have been busy preparing budgets to be submitted before the annual town meetings.
The outlook, not unexpectedly, is that most school budgets will be higher.
Brooksville, because of an increase in assessed valuation and a drop in the number of students, will have less state aid for the coming year, and so will have to raise a greater share locally.
Superintendent Albert Skidds said Brooksville will receive about $2,100 less from the state the coming year than it did lat year.
Proposed budget is only about $500 higher than the previous year—from $41,892 to $42,261, but the town will have to foot a bigger share of it. For next year, the school committee is asking $34,282 to be raised locally. Last year the figure was $29,000….Blue Hill faces an increase of about eight per cent in its school budget for the consolidated school, Skidds said.
The proposed budget is $57,131 as compared to the $54,157 proposed a year ago. Of the total budget, $44,440 is being sought through local taxes, about $3,000 more than the $41,442 appropriated last year.
Budget for George Stevens Academy is about $32,000, some $500 higher than last year.
The Blue Hill School Board last week discussed establishing a kindergarten at the consolidated school, but, because of the expense, decided not to recommend establishing the sub-primary at this time.
According to Skidds, it would cost about $4,500 for a teacher and equipment to start the program, and an additional $3,000 to finish the classroom. He estimated added transportation costs, for a half-day sub-primary at between $5,000 and $6,000.
In view of those figures, the board did not feel like recommending the town raise the extra money, Skidds said, but added the board would not oppose the plan if the town decided it wanted the kindergarten.