RSU 25 Proposes $12.8M Budget

BUCKSPORT — Regional School Unit 25’s proposed $12.8-million budget will go to voters May 25. The budget is nearly $800,000 less than the current year’s budget and reflects an $890,000 loss in state educational subsidy.

Cuts include the closing of the Orland Consolidated School, staff layoffs and reduced purchasing.

“We are going to be offering all programming that we had before,” said Superintendent Jim Boothby, while noting that instructional time in certain areas, including music and art, would be reduced.

Personnel cuts include the elimination of two high school teaching positions in science and business, one middle school health position, one middle school classroom position, two elementary school teachers, one special education teacher and one music teacher. Instructor hours for foreign language, art and physical education also were reduced.

Also cut were the equivalent of one and a half custodial positions, one administrative position, one secretary, at least 12 educational technicians and three assistant coaches at the high school.

“We nickeled and dimed everything to death,” Boothby said.

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Cyndi Wood

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Cyndi is managing editor of The Ellsworth American. The Ellsworth native joined the staff of The American in 2007 as a reporter.
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