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  • The Universal Notebook: How to ruin a good Town Meeting

    The Yarmouth Town Meeting last week went pretty much as it has all 27 years we've lived in town. A few hundred people showed up in the middle school gym, the annual Latchstring Award was given for outstanding community service, retiring School Committee members were given Windsor chairs in reco...

  • Cape Elizabeth school budget opponents' claims questioned

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A citizen group claiming to provide "analysis and research for accurate decision making" on town budgets and projects has distributed inaccurate information about the school budget. A flier titled "Vote no, too high and don't compromise on the schoo...

  • School budget squeaks past Cape Elizabeth council, heads to voters

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council narrowly approved the School Board's $20 million budget proposal, allowing taxpayers to vote on the 1.1 percent spending increase. Combined with municipal and county figures, the property tax rate would increase 0.6 percent, or 11 cents per $1,000...

  • Public speaks out against Scarborough school budget cuts

    SCARBOROUGH — About a hundred people crowded into Town Council Chambers for Wednesday night's budget hearing. During nearly two hours of public comment, 32 people addressed the Finance Committee's recommended cuts of more than $800,000 to the school budget. Of those who spoke, onl...

  • SAD 51 sends flat budget to Cumberland, North Yarmouth voters

    CUMBERLAND — The School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors approved a flat school budget that is likely to appease some taxpayers' concerns, but at the cost of more than 10 full-time jobs. If the $28 million budget is approved by voters on May 26, Cumberland faces a pro...

  • SAD 51 approves flat school budget for May election

    CUMBERLAND — The School Administrative District 51 board approved a flat school budget to go to public vote in May. The $28 million budget includes recently controversial cuts, such as eliminating dean of students positions at the middle and high schools, but addresses many citiz...

  • Scarborough School Board members upset by budget action

    SCARBOROUGH — School Board members are frustrated after the Town Council's Finance Committee and town manager recommended slashing more than $800,000 from their proposed budget. The cuts – over which the School Board has no say – came April 17, after the School Board had alr...

  • Cape school budget cuts fail to avoid tax increase

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board voted Monday to reduce its proposed contingency fund, trimming $163,000 from next year's budget in response to a projected state subsidy cut of more than $500,000. The Town Council is expected to match School Board efforts, transferring $200,000 f...

  • SAD 51 board, public seek spending cuts

    Employees asked to consider renegotiations  CUMBERLAND — Despite a few positive financial surprises, including an increase of $231,000 in state aid for next year, School Administrative District 51 is still working to draft a budget palatable to taxpayers. The C...

  • Subsidy cut leaves $500K hole in Cape Elizabeth school budget

    CAPE ELIZABETH — If the state subsidy to schools is approved as currently proposed for fiscal 2010, the School Department will lose more than $500,000 in funding compared with this year's budget. The subsidy is proposed by the state at just below $2.6 million. The total school exp...