RSU 24 budget vote set for May 31

SULLIVAN — Voters May 31 will have a chance to have a say and then vote on a proposed $16.1-million budget for Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24).

There will be a public hearing on the budget as well as on a plan to apply for a $500,000 loan to renovate the gym at the Ella Lewis School in Steuben.

The public hearings and district-wide votes will be held at Sumner Memorial High School starting at 6:30 p.m.

A final validation vote on the school budget will be held in each community during the June 13 elections.

RSU 24 member communities include Eastbrook, Franklin, Gouldsboro, Mariaville, Sorrento, Steuben, Sullivan, Waltham and Winter Harbor.

The gym at the Ella Lewis School has been deemed nearly unusable following professional inspections that found mold and extensive water infiltration.

The state Department of Education approved a $500,000 no-interest loan to make needed repairs to the gym. Of that amount, one-third, or $169,885, would not have to be repaid.

The proposed school budget for RSU 24 is about 2 percent, or $311,512, higher than current funding.

The proposed $367,191 adult education budget for the district is down 6.8 percent, or $26,927.

“We have a decrease in the overall adult education budget and an increase in both the balance forward and state subsidy for the adult education and overall budget,” said David Bridgham, business manager for RSU 24.

Six of the nine communities will see increases in their local contributions to the budget based on what they receive in state subsidies and what they are required to pay as their share of their budget.

Three member communities face increases while three — Sorrento, Steuben and Winter Harbor — will have decreases under the proposed budget.

The three largest increases will be in Gouldsboro, 3.19 percent or $87,438.92; Sorrento, 13.11 percent or $52,424.48, and Franklin, 2.12 percent or $43,680.56.

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]
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