Tremont School Budget Up a Tad

TREMONT — Selectmen met jointly with school officials and the warrant committee recently to discuss the proposed $2.32 million budget for the Tremont Consolidated School.


The proposed budget is about $9,700 more than was approved for this fiscal year, which ends June 30. One of the major factors in the budget increase is a cut in the amount of state subsidy the school is to receive, school superintendent Rob Liebow told selectmen.

Tremont, like other K-8 schools on Mount Desert Island, receives the subsidy only for special education costs. Local schools have never received the 50 percent subsidy they were supposed to receive under state law. For this budget, the school is to receive a subsidy of $47,000, 35 percent of the full cost of the special education program, Mr. Liebow said. The subsidy amount is $32,000 less than the school received for this year.

“The bottom line is negative $32,000,” Mr. Liebow said. “You start in the hole, essentially.”

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