Your participation in this budget process is welcomed by the Board of Education and the City of South Portland. At the S.P. website, http://www.spsd.org there is a link “Click Here to make a suggestion for next year’s budget” that will lead to a comment box for suggestions. There will also be Budget Workshop Meetings that are open for public participation:
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Opportunities to participate in the South Portland budget planning process
The budget planning process is ongoing for the South Portland 2010-2011 budget. To read about the current state of our resources explained by Suzanne Godin, Superintendent of Schools, go to: http://www.spsd.org
and click on “Community Budget Forecast” in January 2010 News.
To summarize some major points:
. The state overall is continuing to suffer declining revenues in this tough economy.
. The Department of Education subsidy figures indicates a $1.6M reduction in state subsidy to South Portland.
. The City Council requested that all departments provide a budget that does not increase the local tax rate.
. The School Department is projecting a budget deficit of $2.4M.
. This significant deficit may force reductions of 30-50 positions district wide, possibly closing school buildings, increasing class size, instituting pay to partcipate, and initiating other cost saving measures.
Wed., Feb. 24, 2010 7:00 pm, Memorial Middle School
Thurs., Feb. 25, 2010 7:00 pm, Small Elementary School
Mon., March 1, 2010 7:00 pm, Skillin Elementary School
Tues., March 2, 2010 7:00 pm, Mahoney Middle School
The meeting dates below are tentatively scheduled:
Wed., March 3, 2010 7:00 pm, Dyer Elementary School
Thurs., March 4, 2010 7:00 pm, Kaler Elementary School
Mon., March 8, 2010, Board Budget Adoption, 7:00 pm, City Council Chambers
Mon., March 29, 2010, Board Budget Presentation to City Council, 7:00 pm, City Council Chambers
Mon., April 26, 2010, City Council School Budget Vote, 7:00 pm, City Council Chambers
Thurs. May 6, 2010, School Budget Referendum, SP Community Center