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Minutes, May 10, 2021

 

Chair Merle Bragdon called the meeting to order at 6:32 PM.

 

Present at the Town Hall were:  Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, School Committee Chair Brett Jones, School Superintendent, Budget Committee Member Tiffany McMullen.  Present via zoom were:  Budget Committee members Mark Harris, Merle Bragdon, Greg Hiltz, Robin Veysey; School Principal Dawn McPhail, School Committee Member Bob Pulver, and Special Education Director Adam Rabasca.

 

Minutes – December 14, 2020 – Mark & Robin pointed out two spelling errors.  Mark moved to accept as corrected.  Robin 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.

 

Education Budget – Superintendent Katrina Kane said she appreciates the incredible job that the school staff has done since the pandemic hit just over a year ago.  She said the students who have wanted to attend in person classes have been able to.  She said the townspeople have been very supportive and the entire school appreciates that.

 

Superintendent Kane said there are three documents in the school packet.  The first page details the major budget changes, the 2nd page is the big picture tally, and the rest is detail that is there for backup.  She said the Special Education Director is present.  She said the town shares him with the Town of Hancock and with the high school students.  She said that Principal McPhail is also present.

 

Superintendent Kane highlighted the budget, including:

 

 

There were no further questions regarding the school budget.  After a brief discussion Mark moved to recommend the budget as proposed.  Robin 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.

 

Article 16 – Superintendent Kane explained that the school department can transfer between cost centers up to 5% under state law, but cannot overspend the whole budget.  She said the language in this article was first included last year and will give more flexibility to shifting costs during the school year without having to call a special town meeting.

 

Administration Budget – Revisited – Stu reported that the Selectmen had agreed to a new 3-year contract with him with a substantial raise.  He said that would require a larger administration budget, and recommended the raise be offset with more funding from undesignated fund balance.  Robin so moved, Tiffany 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0. (Note – the increase was $5,000 more than the original budget)

 

Transfer from Fund Balance – Robin moved to recommend passage of proposed article 2 which transfers money from fund balance to cover the “negative overlay” due to the error in the 2019 property tax commitment.   Mark 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:23 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Stu Marckoon, Secretary