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  • Portland schools on track for $700K budget surplus

    PORTLAND — The School Committee will receive a third-quarter finance report that predicts at least a $700,000 surplus at end of the fiscal year.  Also, in a workshop following its meeting on Wednesday, April 15, the committee will hold preliminary discussions about creating two ...

  • Collection 2009

    Falmouth High School sophomore Amy Cook, 16, works on a puffy pink glamour gown for Portland Arts and Technology High School's Collection 2009 fashion show being held April 16 at Deering High School. (Billings photo)

  • Tour highlights Portland school's environmental efforts

    PORTLAND — Elementary school students this week got a close look at the many programs that promote and explore environmental sustainability at Lincoln Middle School. On Monday, students from Longfellow Elementary School toured the school, where they planted seedlings they hope wil...

  • School budget reduces Portland tax burden

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on April 1 unanimously approved a $91.36 million budget. The fiscal 2010 budget, which takes effect on July 1, is an increase of $1.86 million, or 2 percent, over the current $89.5 million budget. Next year's budget eliminates 17 positi...

  • Portland School Committee to vote on $92M budget

    More state aid headed to Portland PORTLAND — The School Committee will vote Wednesday, April 1, on a more than $91 million budget proposed for next year. Prior to the vote, however, the committee must resolve two remaining issues: whether to budget $100,000 for ...

  • High school rivalry fuels Portland hardwood debate

    Deering wants time on a new parquet floor, but PHS parents object PORTLAND — Residents are accustomed to the rivalry between Portland and Deering high schools on the basketball court. But now they're competing over the hardwood itself. A request ha...

  • Portland school task force eyes middle school changes

    PORTLAND — A group charged with laying the foundation for a strategic plan for the city's aging school facilities has given guidance to its consultants, who will prepare their report over the next month.  One change being contemplated is reducing the number of middle schools from...

  • 2 Portland teachers semifinalists for Teacher of the Year

    PORTLAND — Thomas Fournier and Jayne Quinn Sawtelle were named semifinalists for the Maine Department of Education's Teacher of The Year Award. Fournier, an engineering technology teacher at Lincoln Middle School, helped create a sustainability lab and classroom in a geodesic dom...

  • Preliminary report says Portland schools are under-utilized

    Task force seeks more nuanced information PORTLAND — The group studying school facilities received a preliminary report on building capacities Monday night that suggests most schools are under capacity. However, members of the Comprehensive Use and Facilities Ta...

  • Portland School Committee OKs retirement incentive

    PORTLAND — The School Committee approved a retirement incentive for qualifying teachers that could save the district hundreds of thousands of dollars next year. More than 200 employees are eligible for the retirement incentive that offers either a one-time payment of $10,000 or s...