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:
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.

Your participation in this budget process is welcomed by the Board of Education and the City of South Portland. At the S.P. website,  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:

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

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