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The Island
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 24, 2012
DIS CSD school board finalizes 2012-13 budget

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by Jessica Brophy

At a special meeting Wednesday, May 16, the CSD board approved a final draft of the 2012-13 budget to be presented to Island residents at the June 7 public meeting in the high school gym at 7 p.m.

The approved budget comes in at $6,466,480, 2.16 percent more than this year’s $6,329,609 budget. However, due to a nearly 45 percent increase in state subsidy, the local share of the budget will be down 0.13 percent from last year. This means the proposed budget will cost local taxpayers $7,522 less than last year, if it is not amended at the June 7 meeting.

The budget was not approved without some discussion and attempted amendment, according to Superintendent Robert Webster and minutes of the meeting.

Four motions were made by board member Stephen York to amend the budget. The first sought to add funds to restore the gifted/talented position in the elementary school from 2.5 to .8 time. The amendment failed: York and Skip Greenlaw for, Mark Cormier and Linda Nelson against.

The second motion sought to add funds to restore the high school library position to half time. The amendment failed: York and Greenlaw for, Cormier and Nelson against.

The third sought to add funds to restore the full-time middle level literacy position. The amendment failed: York and Greenlaw for, Cormier and Nelson against.

The fourth motion sought to add funds to include a second fifth-grade teacher. The amendment failed: York for, Greenlaw, Cormier and Nelson against.

The board approved the budget without amendments in the amount of $6,466,480 3-1 (York).

The board approved the adult education budget in the amount of $28,125 (4-0).

In other business, the board appointed Cormier, Greenlaw, principal Todd West, Karen Atwell and Tasha Conary Brown to the interview committee for a new superintendent. Kathleen Billings-Pezaris was also approved, pending approval by the Union 76 board to add a sixth member from the CSD to the search committee.

Second year probationary contracts were approved for high school special education teacher Leslie Billings, elementary school art teacher Shannon Campbell, high school foreign language teacher Mark Churchill, high school physical sciences teacher Cindi Heanssler, elementary school teacher for the hearing impaired Heather Hill Ford, high school guidance counselor Sandra Robinson and elementary school speech teacher Jillian Tripp (4-0).

First year continuing contracts were approved for middle school math teacher Josh Frost, middle school special education teacher Betsy Stevens, elementary school counselor Amy VanDorn and middle school science teacher Mickie Flores (4-0).

Administrative contracts were approved for technology coordinator Markus Ford, head of maintenance David Pelletier, Reach Performing Arts Center director Morgan Witham, adult education director Heather Wren and High school Learning Center coordinator Amanda Poyant (4-0).

The board also approved a first-year contract hire for high school special education teacher Darcey Stevenson (4-0).