State Aid Could Save Two Positions at M-E
3/28/2013 (Updated 10:46:03 PM)The Maine Endwell School District now knows they could see an additional $478,000 in state aid. If the state budget is passed as is-- the district will receive $1.4 million more than last year.
The school is facing a 3.8 million dollar deficit.
At Thursday's budget workshop meeting-- Superintendent of Schools Jason Van Fossen said the state aid will allow the district to keep an elementary school music teacher and an elementary school librarian. Previously, both positions were on the chopping block. The district will still have to cut about 35 teaching positions to balance the budget.
"We have a balanced budget, but on the flip side, it's at the cost of almost 40 teaching positions and a handful of other positions as well. So, it's bittersweet but for the first time we are in the black," said Jason Van Fossen, Superintendent of Schools.
Another option the board of education has on the table is increasing taxes. On Wednesday, the district launched a survey on their website for parents. The survey is to determine which departments parents would like to see kept in the schools and if they are willing to pay more in taxes in order to do so.
The average tax bill for a property assessed at $100,000, if the increase falls within the district's tax cap of 5.94 percent, would have residents paying around $2,350.
If 60 percent of voters approve a 6.94 percent increase,above the cap, they would pay $2,373. At a 7.94 percent increase, residents would pay $2,395.
A budget must be finalized by April 22. Visit www.me.stier.org to take the budget survey.
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