RUMFORD – SAD 43 stands to receive nearly $200,000 in reinstated education aid as a result of President Barack Obama’s stimulus package.

Superintendent Jim Hodgkin said the restored funding, if finalized, comes from $27 million the stimulus package designated for general purpose aid to education in Maine.

He said he’d rather that the funds go toward the next budget rather than for school year 2008-09.

“We’ve already put into place a plan to cut. We missed out on things,” he said.

The district implemented a spending freeze last fall when it learned that some anticipated state aid to education was not coming.

He said developing the fiscal 2010 budget will be challenging in light of the poor economy.

In other matters at Tuesday’s meeting, directors approved two overnight trips to Boston. The first, for March 26 and 27, is part of the Partnerships for Success grant that funds taking all juniors to Boston to visit colleges. The second will take place on April 10 and 11 when GEAR-UP sophomore participants will take part in a field trip.

Also on Tuesday, the board reappointed Randall Canwell of Mexico to the Region 9 School of Applied Technology cooperative board. Directors also accepted the resignation of Mountain Valley Middle School baseball coach Anthony Mazza.



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