School Board approves budget

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The proposed school budget here is up by 4.49 percent from last year, to a total of $3,728,719.

The figure for 2018-2019 was presented to selectmen as well as the Warrant Committee in February and passed by the School Board on March 15.

The most significant increase across all articles of the budget was an anticipated 10 percent rise in health insurance costs for school employees, but the definitive rates won’t be available until April, according to Superintendent Marc Gousse.

A change in the student population’s needs prompted the school committee to remove the interpreter/teacher of the deaf position, saving the school around $54,000.

The school’s debt service retires in two years, in November 2020.

The budget factors in an estimated $60,000 increase in state subsidy for special education.

Principal Rhonda Fortin said that as of March 15, the school has an enrollment of 134 students.

The cost per pupil is $16,316, in contrast to the $11,348 state average, based on a summary report provided by Fortin at the Feb. 13 Board of Selectmen meeting.

Henriette Chacar

Henriette Chacar

Former Islander reporter Henriette Chacar covered the towns of Southwest Harbor and Tremont.
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