Budget adoption draws near


MEXICO — The cost to operate the secondary and adult and community education programs at Region 9 School of Applied Technology are expected to go up in the next fiscal year, officials said.

On Monday, the board set public hearings and a special meeting to adopt a budget for 2010-2011.

Region 9 director Brenda Gammon said she expects the final secondary budget to come in at about $2 million, the same as this year. And Nancy Allen, director of adult and community education, said the 2010-2011 budget will likely come in about $19,000 less than the current school year. She attributed the drop to moving a couple of the accounts to the general Region 9 budget and eliminating child care costs for adult education students.

Public hearings on the proposed budgets were set for 6 p.m. at Telstar High School in Bethel and 7:30 p.m. at the Region 9 school in Mexico, both on April 26.

The board will meet May 4 to adopt the two budgets. Residents of the 14 towns that send students to Region 9 will vote on it at 6 p.m. May 18 at the River Road school.

In other matters:

• The board adopted a new pay scale for substitute instructors. Those who are program-specific certified, such as nurses, will receive $120 per day; regular substitutes receive $75 a day. The higher pay scale is needed so that vocational programs can continue on schedule, particularly when a Region 9 instructor is out for a long period of time.

• The board adopted its first policy governing how vehicles may be serviced by automotive students.

• The board heard a presentation by several students who competed in Skills U.S.A. in Bangor on March 11 and 12. Metal trades students Josh Allen and Eric Billings, from Mountain Valley High School, took part in Quiz Bowl; Dirigo High School Early Childhood Development students Tianna Wells and Denise Webber competed in preschool teaching and creation of bulletin boards, respectively. Advisor Pete Barlow said 12 vocational students, five from Telstar, three from Dirigo, and four from Mountain Valley, competed in the annual event.

• Cheryl Ellis, student services coordinator, said nearly 40 speakers from a variety of occupations held 13 career sessions for 350 sophomores from the three high schools on Tuesday.

• Allen said a summer school for adult education students will be held for six weeks, from 8 a.m. to noon, beginning the first week of July.

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