RUMFORD – The SAD 43 school board is expected to act on a proposed $13.7 million 2003-04 operating budget when it meets today.

Board Chairwoman Betty Barrett said the board, during three special workshop meetings held over the past week, has pared about $400,000 off a proposed budget presented last month.

As it stands, if the budget is passed by voters June 10, most district towns would see little change in their assessment, said Barrett. The proposed figure is about $40,000 higher than the operating budget for the current school year.

Taking the brunt of the cuts were about $300,000 in capital and maintenance projects. In addition, five teaching positions were eliminated, balanced by the addition of two positions in the middle and high schools, and three educational technician positions.

At this evening’s meeting, the board is expected to act on two dozen revised policies and 28 probationary or continuing contracts for district teachers, as well as on nearly a half-million dollars in maintenance projects and materials.

The funds for these expenditures would come from carry-over money.

Nutrition Director Martha O’Leary will present the board with a report on the status of the hot lunch program. Superintendent Danny Michaud will announce the resignation of several teachers and report on the district’s comprehensive education plan.

A closed session is planned to discuss the contracts of the district’s non-union employees.

Tonight’s SAD 43 meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain Valley High School library.

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