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2014-2015 Budget Process
Last June, the voters of M.S.A.D. No. 75 approved a budget of $34,721,139. The School Board has begun the process of developing a budget for the school year 2014-15 (FY15). The Board utilizes a Finance Committee, chaired by Kim Totten, to determine the amount of money in the proposed budget. The Finance Committee meets throughout the process (see schedule of budget meetings) and considers recommendations from the administration and Superintendent.
To increase communication about the budget, a section on the budget will be regularly updated and will again provide an opportunity for citizens to share ideas and recommendations about the budget electronically. All suggestions will be reviewed by the Finance Chair, Business Manager and Superintendent.
The development of the budget may seem like a tedious and complicated process…because it is! However, the decisions made about the budget will determine the quality of programs and services we are able to provide to the students of our district. There are multiple opportunities for you to give your input into the process, and you can be assured that our School Board members do listen to what you, the members of the community they serve, have to say. There are meetings of the Finance Committee, presentations at School Board meetings, and three public forums. This year the forums will be held in Topsham, Harpswell and Bowdoin. All of the budget meetings that will occur can be found under the BUDGET FY 15 section to the right of this page or click here.
We anticipate another challenging year in creating a budget that assures we maintain the high quality of education students receive in our schools. We face increased costs due to salaries and health insurance. We anticipate declining enrollment for the foreseeable future as yet another impact on the budget. Charter school enrollments also affect the budget, as do the increasing needs of our students.
Please become informed, and share your input with us. Our goal is to end up with a budget that reflects the needs of our students, one that our communities can support, and a budget that will ensure students leave our schools ready to take the next step in becoming responsible, contributing citizens in our society. If I can be of assistance in any way, please feel free to contact me.
Bradley V. Smith
Superintendent of Schools
August 2013 Directions Newsletter for Staff