South Portland School Board discusses budget, STEM

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SOUTH PORTLAND — The School Board on March 12 discussed the proposed fiscal 2016 budget and heard a presentation on the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, program.

Superintendent Suzanne Godin presented her budget proposal earlier in the week. The nearly $46 million budget – a $1 million increase over this year – includes the elimination of about five teacher or staff positions, including the completion coordinator. In announcing this cut, Godin said it would “cause severe impact on students.”

Angela Marzilli, the STEM and project-based learning coordinator for the School Department, and Becky Brown, curriculum director, discussed STEM and project-based learning integration.