News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 30, 2014
Sedgwick school budget “not likely” to see major change from current year

by Jessica Brophy

t its January 21 monthly meeting, the Sedgwick school board considered budget priorities for the 2014-15 school year budget presented by Superintendent Mark Jenkins in conjunction with Principal Donald Buckingham.

The current year’s budget is $1,929,917 and serves 84 students K-8, and another 50 in high school programs.

The budget is not likely to see major shifts, said Jenkins. There are a few requested additions, including increasing art teacher Sarah Doremus’s hours from one and a half days to two full days.

Doremus said the additional time would allow her to spend less time rushing from class to class, and would allow her to work with teachers on arts integration in the classrooms.

There is also a suggestion from Buckingham to increase the number of workshop days from five to six. Currently, Sedgwick has the fewest number of teacher in-service days; Deer Isle and Stonington have eight days and Brooklin has 10.

School secretary Lynette Grindle, who usually is cut back to one day per week for nine weeks in the summer, expressed to the board that she often finds herself without enough time to do the needed work in the summer, and requested an increase in hours for the nine weeks of summer break.

Board chairman Clare Grindal requested that the stipend for the school committee members be increased. Currently, the committee members receive $400 per year, with the chairman receiving $600. Grindal moved that the board receive $650 and $750, respectively. No actions were taken during the meeting, as budget planning will continue over the next month.

There are still several things that need to be worked out for a draft budget, said Jenkins. Contract negotiations are underway, as are negotiations for the bussing contract with First Student.

Next meeting:

Tuesday, February 18, 6 p.m. at Sedgwick Elementary School.