News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 28, 2019
Brooklin school budget proposed at $1.94M

by Anne Berleant

Voters will be asked to weigh in on 22 school articles at town meeting April 6 that will fund pre-K through 12th grade education for 2019-20. The proposed budget totals $1,944,078, an increase of $57,513, or 3 percent, but the added burden to taxpayers is less, $35,124 or 2 percent more than last year.

The board is requesting $650,674 for regular instruction costs, a $35,897 increase that is balanced by a $27,795 dip in high school tuition costs.

The board has replaced a special education teacher with an ed. tech., saving $20,205. The change is justified because of fewer students requiring those services, Director of Special Services Kathleen Glennon said. The special education budget stands at $214,881, a decrease of $2,582.

Transportation costs are projected administration is up $26,000, reflecting 2 percent salary and health insurance increases and moving a portion of it out of the regular instruction line.

The school expects $76,000 in state funding, up about $28,000, along with $56,000 in special education and federal No Child Left Behind funds.

In balance forward, or surplus, funds, $55,000 will be used for the 2019-20 budget, a slight $5,000 increase. There is no contingency funds in the budget, a move Superintendent Chris Elkington suggested to lessen the overall increase, noting that there was no contingency in the previous year’s budget.

Also requested, in Article S21, is a request for $6,790 for an Adult Education program, which would be held at the school under the direction of the Deer Isle-Stonington program.