I find those comments personally offensive and ignorant. To say, without any facts or statistics, that there is more gang activity five minutes away from another town is absurd. I teach in that town and I am proud to teach there. Mudslinging will neither provide students with a better education nor save taxpayers money. This stereotyping only serves to incite tensions and not to solve problems and find solutions.
What money will be allocated in the already tight education budget to implement the program being proposed? If there is money of this, then why can't we find other monies to fund far more important mandates in education? Sounds like just another unfunded mandate from Augusta to me.
This is a fantastic day for the family and a great cause to support at the same time. I hope people will come and and check it out. It has something for everyone in the family.
You mean the wind farm that just dropped Roxbury tax rates to single digits again?
"The state did save $36.5 million in school aid the first year because it gave schools less money for administration and transportation, and it continues to save about $26 million a year because it is still giving schools less money for administration than it was before, according to the Maine Department of Education."
Let's see here, if the state saved $36.5 million the first year alone and continues to fund at lower levels (far less than the 55% the voters have twice told them by referendum that they had to do BY LAW) then local taxes would have gone up REGARDLESS of being in an RSU or not.
What is happening here is that the state has shifted more of the burden to localities which EVERYONE should be upset with. If the state share has gone down and budget increases have been modest (generally around 2-3% per year), that would mean that the local has incurred the cost of the state's negligence despite two referendums.
I don't think reinventing MSAD #21 will change your tax bill and it may hurt since the Rumford mill tax revenue will no longer contribute to that tax base.
So people who put up the "Save Dirigo" signs (even though to be noted that building was not and still is not scheduled to close) "Win" the battle. Then those same people vote down the school budget (it didn't pass in Dixfield but did in other towns), then submit a petition to withdraw? What is the gripe? It seems to me that the Dixfield voters have gotten what they have wanted to get. They've even added a couple of high school staff members from other regions. Help me understand what the issue is here. Do you really think adding more administration, fewer tax revenue streams and reimbursing the RSU for equipment gained (such as technology) means that you will come out ahead and your tax bill will go down? Is that the end game?
I'm not surprised that McKenzie is doing such great things. She has always been a go getter and committed to her goals. Congressman Michaud was lucky to have her. Congratulations on your time there, and best of luck for your future travels and education as well!
Kaitlyn's amazing! I haven't had the opportunity yet to take one of her cooking classes, but I can assure you as someone who knows her you will not be bored. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Best wishes KK!
Maybe if a FRACTION of the people who turned out to vote this down showed up at the meetings where they set the budget amount, they would understand that the RSU has already cut in major ways or at least they'd get to set their dollar amount so it's more likely to pass.
Just to be clear to all the people who are worried about tax increases, we are arguing over a $6/mo increase (per 100K home). We are really arguing over SIX DOLLARS/month?! The increase is even less in Livermore and Livermore Falls. I don't see how anyone can say they are for education and the students receiving quality education when they wont go to meetings to discuss it and won't pay less than a 6 pack's worth a month to make it happen. This budget has been cut, if you don't like the increase blame the state and feds who have cut back on their share. If you ran a business on a 1.8% increase in your budget year to year you'd go under. Just the price of fuel alone would eat that.
I don't think it's fair to complain about eliminating positions and getting kids and staff under one high school roof when the taxpayers refuse to fund the option for doing so (the addition to the North Campus) and would rather spend that money keeping an expensive and aging building open. In short IT COSTS MONEY TO BRING THE STUDENTS TOGETHER but it costs more to leave them apart. So if you REALLY want savings, vote to for a solution that allows them to FIT under one roof. Don't take out your anger on the budget proposal which already has no funding set aside to bring students together. If you want to dissolve the RSU, do it but voting down the budget isn't the way.