NEW GLOUCESTER — Resident Glen Mercier on Monday told selectmen he was disappointed by their lack of positive input to School Administrative District 15 students and the school board, citing the board’s opposition to two district bond proposals.

Last week, selectmen said they were opposed to the nearly $7 million in bonds for renovations to schools and construction of high school athletic fields. Some said they signed the warrant for the June 14 ballot questions in protest.

Mercier, a former school board member, said there has been no positive input by selectmen to students and how they are being educated.

“It is how this board and previous boards (of selectmen) disregard SAD 15, bad-mouthing the district and blaming them for lack of transparency, (and) taxes being raised. Our pupil cost is below the state average.

“If you have problems with taxes, talk to state Rep. Ellie Espling and Sen. Eric Brakey,” Mercier said.

The school district is not getting its promised percentage of school funding, which would be an additional $1.9 million annually. Instead, he said, SAD 15 receives 48 percent of what the district should receive and 43 percent of the cost to fund special education.


“You are killing us,” Mercier said. “That’s the message you’re sending out to the citizens of New Gloucester, not supporting public education.”

Selectwoman Laura Sturgis said the board preferred that the bond go to voters in November when more people were expected at the polls. She said she would support the bonds and the school budget, and attend both public meetings.

“I apologize that people thought it was this,” she said. “SAD 15 is doing a good job with their people.”

Selectman Steve Libby said he was frustrated on the timing of the bond. “More voters could vote in November,” he said.

In other business, the board:

• Received 11 bids for the replacement of the library roof, ranging from $23,700 to $45,291. Staff will review the offers and report to the board at the next meeting;

• Tabled action on reviewing updates in the town’s Emergency Medical Services billing policy and rate schedule;

• Named Kathleen Cruz to the Environmental Resource Committee; and

• Proclaimed the week of May 15-21 as EMS Week and Public Works Week.

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