Board votes to send $9.1 million school budget to voters

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LIVERMORE FALLS — RSU 36 directors approved a $9.1 million budget for 2010-11 by a vote of 7 to 4 to 2 on Thursday.

The spending package that will go to voters later this spring is $321,710 less than the current budget. It is about $100,000 more than the administration’s proposed draft budget that was presented in March.

The board’s decision followed several budget workshops.

However, some members still had questions on Thursday as to exactly what was put back in the budget.

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After going over some of the items that had been reinstated including the plumbing program and the creation of a new assistant principal/ dean of students position, some questions were not able to be answered over exact amounts.

“I do not like to be put on the spot,“ Central Office representative Jan Cloutier said.

She said if Director Denise Rodzen had come in and asked prior to the meeting she would have been able to check it out and give her the details.

“I’ve changed this budget six times” for the board, Cloutier said.

Voting in favor of the budget were O’Brien, Rod Newman, and Marie Josee Castonguay of Livermore, and Lynn Knight, Mac Haynes, Jennifer Pooler and Elaine LaPointe of Livermore Falls.

Opposing the budget were Rodzen, Ann Souther and Katie Castonguay of Livermore Falls, and Diane Gould of Livermore. Betsy DuBois of Livermore Falls and Cindy Young of Livermore abstained from the vote. Young said she abstained because she didn’t have all the information she needed to make a decision.

In other business, the board agreed to meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, at the Cedar Street Learning Complex to discuss a search plan for a high school principal.

Current Principal Shawn Lambert announced he would be resigning at the end of the school year.

Rodzen asked to make a motion to accept Lambert’s resignation, she was told a formal resignation had not been submitted.

Rodzen did note that Lambert sent board members an e-mail stating he would be resigning.

The board also plans to meet in a joint meeting with the Jay School Committee at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, at the Jay High School library to discuss consolidation.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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