SAD 44, RSU 10 adjust to state funding cuts


BETHEL — SAD 44 Superintendent David Murphy said the amount the district is losing in state aid this year in the the smallest in three years of state education funding cuts.

“It was good news,” Murphy said.

SAD 44 will have to cut $75,960, or 0.9 percent, from its current budget of $9,989,269.

He said he placed a spending freeze on any nonessential purchases last fall in anticipation of a the curtailment in state funding.

The district received $879,270.45 in state aid for the current school. It’s adjusted share will be $803,313.95.

“We’ll scrutinize every purchase,” Murphy said. “We do have a contingency fund, but our carryover will be impacted.”

In RSU 10 — Rumford/Mexico-Dixfield-Buckfield — Superintendent Tom Ward said the loss of 0.5 percent of state aid, or $157,432, could have been worse. However, this is the year he had hoped to build on a very small funding carryover.

“We’re looking for anywhere we can find that amount of money,” he said. “Any cut is not good. Every year’s budget is tight. This is frustrating.”

Ward had also placed a spending freeze on nonessential purchases in anticipation of the curtailment.

RSU 10 received $17,860,323 in state aid to go toward the $35,145,000 2012-13 operating budget. That amount will be reduced to $17,702,891, according to the Maine Department of Education figures.

“We’ll inform the board about the curtailment at the Jan. 14 meeting,” he said. “The reduction could have been twice that.”

LePage cut more than $12 million from General Purpose Aid to Education in an effort to reduce the state’s deficit.