High school principals make budget requests


DIXFIELD — Principals of the three high schools of Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 took their turns Monday night presenting proposed budgets for 2010-11.

Overall, Rumford, Dixfield and Buckfield high schools are asking for about $368,000 more than this year, or about a 3.5 percent increase.

At Dirigo High School in Dixfield, Principal Michael Poulin presented a proposal for $3.49 million, up nearly $100,000 from this year.

At Buckfield High School, Principal George Reuter proposed an increase of just over $71,000, to $1.98 million.

And at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Principal Matt Gilbert put in a request for $4.46 million, up almost $200,000 from this year.

Much of the increase is due to the planned installation of Power School, which is an informational system that allows students and parents to access homeowrk assignments and other school-related matters. An update of other technology is also slated for the high schools, along with new textbooks.

The board heard similar presentations from the elementary and middle schools at their last meeting, and will finish up with proposals from special education, and several other cost centers at the next meeting.

The initial total budget for the district stands at $35 million.

Superintendent Tom Ward said earlier the board is dealing with state aid cuts of about $1 million.

The board accepted another staff resignation Monday night, bringing the total to 10 so far. He said he expects more during the next few weeks.

In other matters, the board approved an overnight trip for the Buckfield High School seven-girl cheering squad to attend the New England competition in Providence, R.I., on March 20. The squad placed third in the state competition.

Also approved was a trip by about two dozen Dirigo High School students to several colleges in the Boston area on March 25 and 26 as part of the Partnership for Success program.

The board will meet March 22 to continue work on the budget. Residents will vote on it June 8.

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