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Minutes of the Special Town Meeting

May 21, 2008

Deputy Town Clerk Stuart Marckoon called the meeting to order at the Lamoine Consolidated School at 6:03 pm . Assistant Town Clerk Kathleen DeFusco checked in 89 registered voters.

ARTICLE 1: To choose a moderator to preside over said meeting.

Harvey Kelley was nominated and 2nd . There were no other nominations. A written ballot cast 4 votes in favor of Mr. Kelley, with none in opposition. Mr. Kelley took the oath of Moderator given by Stuart Marckoon. Mr. Kelley established that he would operate according to the Maine Moderator's Manual. It was moved and 2nd to allow non-voters/non-residents to speak at the moderator's discretion. The motion passed by a greater than 2/3rds majority on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 2: To see if the Inhabitants of the Town of Lamoine will authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a Governmental Administration Mutual Aid Agreement with the Towns of Trenton, Bar Harbor, Mt. Desert, Tremont and Southwest Harbor. (A copy of the agreement is on file with the Town Clerk).

It was moved and 2nd to pass article as written. The motion passed on a hand vote.

EDUCATION ARTICLES

ARTICLES 3 THROUGH 13 AUTHORIZE EXPENDITURES IN COST CENTER CATEGORIES

ARTICLE 3: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Regular Instruction. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $1,376,115.66)

It was moved and 2nd to pass article as recommended. The motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 4: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Special Education. (The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $381,864.24)

It was moved and 2nd to pass article as recommended. The motion passed on a hand vote with none in opposition.

ARTICLE 5: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Career and Technical Education. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $0.00)

It was moved and 2nd to pass article as recommended. The motion passed on a hand vote with none in opposition.

ARTICLE 6: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Other Instruction. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $23,122.24)

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. After a brief discussion, the article passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 7: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Student and Staff Support . ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $51,632.87)

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed by majority on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 8: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for System Administration. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $73,982.86)

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 9: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for School Administration . ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $100,328.24)

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 10: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Transportation and Buses. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $141,141.00)

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 11: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Facilities. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $137,247.31)

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 12: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Debt Services and Other Commitments. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $0.00)

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 13: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for All Other Expenditures. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $24,500.00 )

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLES 14 THROUGH 16 RAISE FUNDS FOR THE PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET

ARTICLE 14: To see what sum the Town will appropriate for the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act and to see what sum the Town will raise as the Town's contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688.Are you positive about this section # ?

(The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend a total of $1,675,186.36 with a local contribution of $1,496,020.00 and a state contribution of $179,166.36.)

Explanation: The Town's contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act is the amount of money determined by state law to be the minimum amount that a municipality must raise in order to receive the full amount of state dollars .

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a counted hand vote 70 to 0.

ARTICLE 15: (Written ballot required) To see what sum the Town will raise and appropriate in additional local funds , which exceeds the State's Essential Programs and Services allocation model.

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a written ballot 75 to 8.

The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $621,748.06 for additional local funds and give the following reasons for exceeding the State's Essential Programs and Services funding model by $581,015.43: The Essential Programs and Services funding formula, as implemented under LD #1 and LD #499, is structured to reward larger, more urban districts and penalize smaller and more rural districts with the policy objective of persuading the smaller districts to consolidate. If student enrollments remain static or decline, and/or property valuations continue to increase at a rate faster than the state average, the formula will calculate lower EPS total allocations and/or higher local contributions.  

Explanation: The additional local funds are those locally raised funds over and above the Town's local contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, and local amounts raised for the annual payment on non-state funded debt service that will help achieve the Town budget for educational programs.

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a written ballot 75 to 8.

ARTICLE 16 SUMMARIZES THE PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET

ARTICLE 16: T o see what sum the Town will authorize the school committee to expend for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008 and ending June 30, 2009 from the Town's contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, non-state-funded school construction projects, additional local funds for school purposes under the Maine Revised Statues, Title 20-A, section 15690, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, state subsidy and other receipts for the support of schools. Same with regard to this section #

The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $2,309,934.42

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a counted hand vote 84-0.

The purpose of Article 17 is to increase the current 2007-08 education budget by $29,010.51 to help cover an expected deficit of $36,000 that has resulted from 3.5 more high school tuition students than expected and from high cost special education placements that have occurred during the current school year. The $29,010.51 represents the audited balance forward from school year 2006-07. The remainder of the deficit will be covered with savings in other accounts.

ARTICLE 17: To see what sum the Town will authorize the school committee to expend for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2007 and ending June 30, 2008 from the Town's contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, non-state-funded school construction projects, additional local funds for school purposes under the Maine Revised Statues, Title 20-A, section 15690, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, state subsidy and other receipts for the support of schools.

(The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $2,182,905.83.)

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a counted hand vote 83-1. Mr. Kelley explained that there will be a validation referendum on Tuesday May 27, 2008 at the Lamoine Town Hall from 10:00am to 8:00 pm.

There was a brief discussion about what the validation referendum question means. Mr. Boothby explained that the purpose of the question is whether or not you support the actions made here tonight. Mr. Boothby also explained that if the Validation Referendum fails it goes back to the committee and the process starts all over. Stuart Marckoon explained that absentee ballots will be accepted Thursday May 22, 2008. A discussion about the Validation Referendum Process followed.

It was moved and 2nd to adjourn the Special Town Meeting. There being no further business to transact, Moderator Kelley declared the meeting adjourned at 7:17 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jennifer M. Kovacs, Town Clerk