Cumberland, North Yarmouth to vote on school budget

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CUMBERLAND — School Administrative District 51 voters go to the polls Tuesday, June 9, for the final say on next year’s $33.8 million budget.

Voting in Cumberland will take place at Town Hall, 290 Tuttle Road, from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. North Yarmouth votes at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 247 Walnut Hill Road, also from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

If the budget referendum passes, fiscal 2016 spending will increase 3.6 percent over the current level.

With school, town and county assessments combined, Cumberland would see a tax hike of $75 for each $100,000 in property valuation, or $262.50 on a $350,000 home. The combined impact in North Yarmouth would be a $53 increase for every $100,000, or an impact of $185.50 on a $350,000 home.

The budget reflects an approximately $642,000 reduction in funding for the district from Gov. Paul LePage’s state budget proposal, which stems from three factors: $232,000 from retirement of debt for the Mabel I. Wilson School, a $120,000 reduction in bus subsidy, and $290,000 from declining enrollment and a state mil rate shift.

Budget additions include an increase in Greely High School staffing to support required Response to Intervention program guidelines and increased enrollment; a new elementary math program geared toward better alignment with state standards; technology infrastructure investments; new support for teacher orientation; additional Greely Middle School nursing time, and a specialist for students with unique learning needs.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.