High School Budget flat, but Towns to pay more

BAR HARBOR — The proposed budget for Mount Desert Island High School next year calls for a spending increase of less than 1 percent, but the four MDI towns together would pay 4.5 percent more than this year because of projected drops in other revenues.

Principal Matthew Garrity-Janger presented the draft budget to the school board Nov. 14.

The budget of just under $8.84 million is $79,191 more than the current budget – an increase of .9 percent – and $210,488 more than the school actually expects to spend this year.

The biggest anticipated drop in revenue is in carryover funds. The current year’s budget projected a carryover from the previous year of $415,058. The proposed budget for next year anticipates a carryover of only $257,000.

“The budgets are getting tighter and tighter, so you don’t have as much carryover,” explained Nancy Thurlow, the school system business manager.

The high school also expects to get a smaller state subsidy next year.

The high school board will review the draft 2012-2013 budget at its next meeting, on Dec. 12. Residents of the four MDI towns will vote on the budget at the high school’s annual business meeting in April.

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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]