Central Office Budget is set at $1.42 Million



BAR HARBOR — Next year’s $1.42 million budget for the Mount Desert Island Regional School System’s (MDIRSS) central office and shared services, which the school board adopted Dec. 13, is 1.97 percent higher than the budget for the current fiscal year.

Next year’s budget would have been nearly 4 percent higher, but interim superintendent Howard Colter’s salary of $100,766 will be $22,722 less than was budgeted this year for Rob Liebow, who left the superintendent’s job this past summer. Mr. Colter’s contract with the board calls for him to work four days a week.

He was hired to serve for one year while the school board searched for a permanent superintendent. But he has agreed to stay on through the 2013-2014 school year to give the board more time.

As usual, the budget for next year includes an estimated cost for health insurance coverage. The actual cost will not be known for several months. School officials factored in a 10 percent increase in Blue Cross/Blue Shield premiums, as they have in each of the past few years. But they are hoping that, once again, the actual increase is much lower.

The school system budget includes salaries and benefits for administrators and other central office staff, as well as the cost of services shared by all of the schools in the system. These include special education administration and support, occupational therapy for special education students, contracted psychological services and information technology.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]