We’re supporting the Yarmouth school budget because it meets real needs. The student population is growing. We’ve gone from 1,400 to 1,600 students in the last six years. Several of the classes (e.g., second grade, fourth grade) have sizable population bulges – and classrooms with 22, 23 or 24 or more students. Plus, with a greater number of English Language Learners (we applaud the diversity), kids will get lost.
This budget barely catches up. Yarmouth’s per-pupil spending is only in the middle of the pack among greater Portland and has been dead flat for many years. It hasn’t kept up with inflation. In short, this is a maintenance budget. There are no frills in this budget. And it will actually result in an overall slight decrease in local taxes.
We support education. We support Yarmouth. So we’ll pay our fair share. We will vote yes for Yarmouth.
Tim & Camilla Shannon