Contested school budget going to voters

TRENTON — A $3.57 million budget for Trenton Elementary School has been proposed by the School Committee, but a majority of the Board of Selectmen thinks that is too high and has recommended that voters at the Tuesday, May 15 town meeting reject the budget as presented.

The open floor town meeting will be held in the school gym starting at 6 p.m.

The school budget proposed for next year is 5.5 percent higher than the current year’s budget.

In a separate warrant article, voters will be asked if they want to spend an additional $58,000 for the first year of a pre-kindergarten program. The federal Head Start program would pay an equal amount.

The regular school budget includes $726,856 in tuition for 54 Trenton students to attend MDI High School, an increase of 8.5 percent over the amount for the current year.

All of the proposed school expenses combined account for 78 percent of the total town budget. The proposed $1.02 million budget for municipal operations and related expenses is about $33,835 less than for the current year. That is because the current year’s budget included $65,000 for paving the elementary school parking lot. So, the elimination of that expense for the coming year more than offsets increases in other budget lines.

May 14 municipal elections

Two seats on the Board of Selectmen and two seats on the school committee are up for election on Monday, May 14. The polls will be open from 3-7 p.m. in the town office meeting room.

There are three candidates for the two selectmen’s seats: Rachel Nobel and incumbents John Bennett and Carlene Hanscom. The two candidates for the School Committee are incumbents Aaron Brown and Gary Burr.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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