September 23, 2020

SAD 68 draft budget reflects $170,000 increase over last year

DOVER-FOXCROFT – SAD 68 directors are looking at a proposed education budget that represents a difference of about $170,000 from last year.

The budget still is being developed, but SAD 68 Superintendent John Dirnbauer said this week that it appears the increase will be 2.2 percent over last year’s adopted budget.

He said he did not anticipate any staff reductions but did say there would be some realignments to meet enrollment needs.

In anticipation of completing the budget on April 26, directors voted on Wednesday to hold a public hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. followed by the district budget meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 1.

In addition to hearing the budget report, directors on Wednesday hired Marcia Boody of Dexter as the new principal of Morton Avenue and Monson elementary schools and set her annual salary at $62,000.

Boody is co-state director of the Reading Recovery Program and serves as a state consultant, according to Dirnbauer.

Dirnbauer said the district was “very fortunate” to have Boody take the position. She will assist in staff development because of the deep understanding she has of the teaching and learning process, in particular reading and writing at the primary level, he said.

In other business, directors voted to extend this school year by two days because of emergency closings on Dec. 15 and Jan. 8. The last day of school now will be June 15.

Before the meeting, directors recognized Owen Pratt, former Dover-Foxcroft town manager, for his assistance to directors over a 26-year period. Pratt retired from the position earlier this year.

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