School costs up 1.4 percent

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The school committee here is to consider a $3.18 million budget for the 2012-2013 school year at the Pemetic Elementary School.

As proposed, the budget is $42,884 or 1.37 percent more than for the current school year. Keeping the increase to a minimum meant taking a hard look at where savings could be achieved, said principal Dianne Helprin.

“When you consider the salary increases and projected healthcare increase you have to make cuts to compensate for that,” Ms. Helprin said.

Salaries for school employees are set through a school districtwide contract. The average across-the-board increase for the next school year is about 2.5 percent.

Health insurance costs are estimated to increase 10 percent. The actual increase won’t be known until Blue Cross/Blue Shield sets its rates.

Carryover from this school year should be about $26,000 more than anticipated. Debt service also is lower. And the state subsidy has increased by about $10,000.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander