Lamoine budget vote set for May 31



LAMOINE — Voters will be asked at a special town meeting May 31 to approve a $2.65-million budget, which is 6.4 percent, or $161,694.02, higher than current funding.

The local share of the budget will be up 8.65 percent over the current local share, or $190,794.58.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Lamoine Consolidated School.

Also on the agenda is a request to increase the town’s paving budget by $87,000 to $205,000 because of an error in calculating the length of roadway that needed paving.

Deputy Town Clerk Stu Marckoon apologized for the error, saying he relied on previous mileage calculations for the western end of the Shore Road that were incorrect.

The school budget, according to Superintendent Katrina Kane, increased for several reasons.

She said the number of students at the elementary school increased by 30 students in the last two years.

“We are also seeing a rise in the number of secondary students leading to an increase in tuition costs,” Kane said.

Lamoine has no high school, so students are “tuitioned” to other high schools, such as Ellsworth High School and Mount Desert Island High School.

Kane said Lamoine also is seeing a growing number of students who need specialized services.

As a result, she said, the School Board is budgeting for three additional educational technician positions for the elementary school.

Kane added that the board tried to find the extra funding needed by, among other cost savings, eliminating a full-time kindergarten-through-eighth grade math support position that was instituted two years ago.

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]