First new school bond payment drives budget up 17.92 percent

Camden-Rockport School Board to address budget, MET, school safety

Meeting March 21

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UPDATE (VENUE CHANGE) ROCKPORT — The School Administration District 28 School Board (Camden-Rockport K-8) will convene March 21 to address school safety, to clarify the board’s rationale for maintaining ownership of the Mary E. Taylor School building, and consider the proposed 2018-2019 budget. The board’s Finance Committee is expected to present the proposed budget to the full school board, at which time it will be made available to the public.

That budget represents 17.92 percent increase over the current budget, a jump attributed to the need for Camden and Rockport to make their first payment on a middle school construction bond.

The school board meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by a SAD 28 Finance Committee meeting at 6 p.m., in the Washington Street Conference Room in Camden in order to use the streaming capabilities there.  (

A  public input meeting on the budget is also scheduled for March 26, in the Camden Hills Regional High School lecture hall, on Route 90 in Rockport.

At the last Finance Committee meeting, Feb. 14, the budget discussion noted various factors contributing to the budget increase (see attached PDF for minutes):

The 2017-2018 budget is approximately $13.4 million. This year, the proposed increase to the budget is 17.92 percent. 

The largest chunk is the debit associated with the new middle school, a project approved by voters in June 2017. That’s when the majority of voters in Camden and Rockport agreed to borrow $25.2 million to build the new school. This coming budget year, which runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, taxpayers will make their first payment on that money they borrowed. 

The bond payment included in the 2018-2019 budget is $2.375 million.

Exclusive of the construction debt, the budget contains approximately $79,106 in additional expenses over last year. According to Feb. 14 Finance Committee meeting minutes, they include:

• The Special Education cost center is increasing $152,542 or 7.65 percent. One new special education technician position at the Camden-Rockport Middle School has been added to the budget, representing $37,000.

• $56,000 has been added to the budget in the special education cost center for an out-of-district placement. 

• The System Administrator cost center increased $54,984 or 12.29 percent. Part of this increase is due to an increase in printing costs of $8,000 for the November MET referendum. Two mailings, ballots and clerk wages comprise those costs, the minutes said.

• Legal fees are due for an increase of $15,000, for costs associated with a proposed MET project, minutes said. 

• An initial estimate of $25,000 was included in the budget for streaming and digitally archiving minutes, “but discussion ensued that lower estimates were being received, and staff members were working on a less expensive option for streaming,” minutes said.

• The transportation cost center is increasing by $33,000 or 4.69 percent. Although one bus lease is expiring in the current year, two new busses will need to be purchased next year to keep the fleet current. 

The Finance Committee on Feb. 14 considered further reducing fiscal effects on the taxpayer, minutes said. Ideas discussed included lowering capital reserves.

The Finance Committee will be making a full presentation to the SAD 28 School Board at its March 21 meeting.

Following that, the SAD 28 budget schedule follows:

March 26: 6-7 p.m., Public Input meeting, CHRHS Lecture Hall

March 29: Additional Finance Committee Meeting if needed

April 11: 6 p.m. Finance Committee, 7 p.m. Board Meeting to approve budget

April 2: Info. due to Central Office for Annual Report  

Referendum Timeline:  

April 11: 6:30 p.m. Board Meeting to sign Warrants

April 13: Deliver Warrants to Camden, Rockport

April 13: E-mail warrant articles for ballots to Camden, Rockport

May 22: SAD 28 Budget Meeting at the Camden Hills Regional High School Strom Auditorum, 6-7 p.m.

June 12-13: Annual Town Meeting electionss: Clerks deliver completed Election Returns to School District Committee

June ?: Board meets to compute and adopt Declaration of Election Results


The full March 21 school board agenda follows (click here to read the entire board packet distributed with the notice of this meeting):

Call to Order
2018-2019 Requested Budget

Update on changes since February meeting
Question and answer session with Principal/Directors
February 2018 Budget to Actual
Request to Lease Purchase 21-Passenger Lift Bus

a. Stipend Nominations Position

Team Leader (Grade 2) Track Head Coach Asst. Track Coach Asst. Track Coach

Nominees Calvin Morin, Jim Morse, Maggie Massengale, Lacy Oakes

Accept the Minutes of the February 14th Regular Meeting


School Safety Discussion
Clarify Rationale for Maintaining Ownership of the MET Property
School Board Chair’s Report – Matt Dailey

Grade 5 Petcha Kucha Presentation – Ian McKenzie

Grade 8 Kieve Presentation – Jaime Stone

Approval of 2018-2019 Calendar

2018-2019 Budget Presentation – Maria Libby

  1. Superintendents Report – Maria Libby
  2. Administrative Reports
  3. a. Debra McIntyre, Assistant Superintendent b. Jaime Stone, CRMS Principal

a. Feedback report out per policy GCOA-A – Student and Parent Feedback c. Chris Walker-Spencer, CRES Principal

a. Feedback report out per policy GCOA-A – Student and Parent Feedback d. Valerie Mattes, Director of Student Special Services

15. Ad Hoc Committee Reports
a. CRMS Building Committee – Met on March 5
th, minutes attached. Next meeting May 7 at 6 p.m.

Strategic Planning Committee – Met on February 28, minutes attached. Next meeting March 28 at 4 p.m.

MET Repurposing Committee – Will meet at 5:30 p.m. on March 22 in the Rockport Opera House’s Geoffrey Parker Meeting Room.

16. Standing Committee Reports
a. Curriculum – Next meeting TBD.
b. Finance – Met on February 14
th, minutes attached. Next meeting March 21st at

Policy – Meeting on March 23rd at 3:30pm.

First Reading
Second Reading
IMB – Learning About Controversial/Sensitive Issues DN – Disposal of School Property

ACAA – Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students
ACAA-R – Student Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure ACAB – Harassment and Sexual Harassment of School Employees
ACAB-R – Employee Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure DI – Fiscal Accounting and Reporting

Future Agenda Items

Event Date: 
Wed, 03/21/2018 - 6:30pm