Letter: Board urges support for Scarborough school budget

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As members of the Scarborough Board of Education, our mission is to advocate for the children of Scarborough by adopting a “kids first” educational program, policies and a responsible budget. Through the efforts of the Superintendent, leadership team and the School Board, a very thoughtful and well-planned mission-critical budget was developed and finalized. The budget being brought forward is a solid budget for Scarborough schools. The School Board and Town Council both have approved the budget.

With the reductions in federal and state funding, we have been faced with a large task. How do we best serve our students while being mindful of the community at large? This budget aims to rebuild and strengthen existing programs, restore some of those that have been reduced in the past, and provide for those areas needed to prepare our students for success in their future educational endeavors and career paths. The budget is a combination of reallocation of current resources, some incremental additions as well as a delay of some purchases and an overall trimming of line items.

The budget being brought to the voters is a smart and responsible educational budget for Scarborough. The investments we make in our students today will better prepare our leaders of tomorrow. The School Board supports the budget and encourages you to support it on May 15.

Christine Massengill & Bob Mitchell
For the Scarborough School Board

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