Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 26, 2018
Castine school budget down
Board approves ‘maintenance budget’
by Monique Labbe
After a couple months of discussion and budget meetings, the Castine School Board adopted a proposed $1,459,436 budget for the 2018-19 school year.
That budget comes in $17,334 lower than this year’s budget, according to Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt.
“Basically, the enrollment is flat, or maybe even a little down, as the eighth grade class is nine kids,” said Hurvitt.
The enrollment numbers prompted board members Kathy MacArthur, Alyssa Radcliff and Temple Blackwood to work to keep the budget flat. They were successful.
The budget for next school year is essentially a maintenance budget, said Hurvitt, with the only addition being one day of Spanish classes a week.
The school has been experimenting with a pilot Spanish program in the third and fourth grade classes this year.
Members of the community will be able to vote on the school budget warrant articles during town meeting in June.