RSU 24 Freezes Spending to Cover State Cuts

ELLSWORTH — Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) is freezing most expenditures to adjust to $235,000 in curtailments instituted by Governor Paul LePage.

LePage’s $35.5 million curtailment — which is required by law to adjust to lower than anticipated revenue collections — was announced two days after Christmas.

“We knew this was coming,” said RSU 24 Business Manager David Bridgham. “It was a matter of when the Governor was going to announce it. We were thinking it would be in the neighborhood of $250,000.”

He said the RSU 24 administrative team had been cautioned a month ago to screen all requisitions carefully and to not fill vacancies.

“The budget is frozen,” Bridgham said. “There is no overtime without approval from Superintendent Suzanne Lukas. “Only emergency purchases are allowed.”

He said field trips are not allowed unless students raise the money on their own. Teachers also are not allowed to attend any conferences.

Bridgham said RSU 24 does not anticipate any layoffs.

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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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