RSU 10 high school budgets presented

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PERU — The principals of RSU 10’s three high schools presented proposed budgets for fiscal year 2012-13 at a board meeting Monday night. All spending plans were virtually the same at this fiscal year.

Superintendent Tom Ward read letters of resignation from nine professional or support staff who are retiring. He said he received a 10th retirement letter Monday morning but was not ready to reveal the name of the staff member.

As the 2012-13 budget is being developed, Ward had asked for figures no higher than the current year to keep school taxes as low as possible.

Proposed budgets do not include built-in costs such as negotiated salary increases, utilities and gasoline and diesel fuel.

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Dirigo High School Principal Michael Poulin presented the same or lower numbers than last year for virtually every item. Extracurricular costs were cut by more than $4,000, as were several thousand dollars for instructional supplies.

The total requested is $975,689, down from $979,831 approved for 2011-12.

Nearly $2,000 was cut from Mountain Valley High School Principal Matt Gilbert’s office budget, and several hundred dollars from other accounts. It resulted in a proposed figure of $1,074,605, down from $1,073,805 for the current year.

The overall proposed budget for Buckfield Junior-Senior High School is up  just over $3,000 to $401,127.

Principal George Reuter said his school will begin the accreditation process for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges during 2013. Some money is required to pay for extra hours to be put in by a seven-member accreditation committee.

The budget development process will continue at the March 12 board meeting in the Central Office in Dixfield. The current overall budget for this year is $34.1 million.

Ward read letters from four teachers, a longtime bus driver/custodian, two educational technicians, an administrator and a Central Office employee.

The board also elected a new member to sit on the Region 9 School of Applied Technology Cooperative board. Bruce Ross of Dixfield, the RSU 10 board vice chairman, will replace Mexico resident Randy Canwell. Ross had served on the former SAD 21 board.

Two closed sessions to discuss the school nutrition workers’ contract proposal and a side agreement with the teachers’ association were held at the end of the board meeting.

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