Originally published in The Weekly Packet, February 21, 2019
High school tuition increases Brooksville school budget
Up 4.36 percent
by Monique Labbe
Residents of Brooksville will see a 4.36 percent increase in the 2019-20 school budget, due almost entirely to a higher high school tuition cost.
The proposed budget comes in at $1,974,857, up $86,475 from last year’s $1,888,381.
Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt reported that the increase is mainly from the high school tuition line of the budget, up $126,000 from last year because of an increase in students from Brooksville attending secondary education at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, George Stevens Academy and Blue Hill Harbor School. The total for secondary education in the 2019-20 budget is proposed at $505,132, compared to last year’s total of $378,523.
Brooksville currently sends 40 students to area high schools, at $12,000 per student. That totals $480,000, compared to last year’s $356,500. Another $25,132 is added to cover the insured value factor included in GSA tuitions, an additional charge paid to GSA because it receives no state aid for building upkeep.
The Special Education budget will increase by $29,559, due to the addition of an ed. tech, which includes the individual’s salary and benefits.
School administration has decreased marginally at .17 percent, from $113,633 to $113,436.
Voters in Brooksville will have the opportunity to vote on all school warrant articles at the annual town meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 5.