BAR HARBOR — A decade-long trend of declining enrollment at the Conners Emerson School has led officials there to propose leaving vacant two teaching positions that are opening this year and cutting hours for a third.
Long-time first grade teacher Toni McKay gave notice earlier this fall that she would retire from teaching at the end of the school year. More recently, reading recovery teacher Ellen Grover gave notice that she would retire in February 2014. Ms. McKay has been a full-time teacher, while Ms. Grover’s is a part-time position. Under the proposed 2014-2015 budget, neither teacher would be replaced.
School officials and board members have been taking a hard look at the budget this year, in the light of both declining enrollment and Governor Paul LePage’s recent announcement that schools would take on a larger share of teacher retirement compensation as of next year.
The latter move is expected to cost Conners Emerson School at least $60,000. Projected insurance increases are expected to cost $130,000.