News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, February 21, 2019
Penobscot school budget sees decrease

by Monique Labbe

Every budget tells a story, according to Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt, and this year, the story of the Penobscot education budget is a 1.01 percent decrease.

The budget comes in at $1,860,850, down about $19,000 from last year, according to Hurvitt.

Hurvitt added that the expenditure for high school tuition is flat, and that Special Education has gone down nearly $44,000, from $197,042 to $153,080 this year.

Since that has gone down, Hurvitt said the school board members decided it was a good time to propose the paving of the back of the school and tarring a portion of the playground, which was put off two years ago. The cost of that project is proposed at $25,000.

Total transportation services has also decreased by $33,802 this year, and secondary programming services has also decreased by about $2,000.

Town meeting will take place Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m., at the Penobscot Community School.

School budget

Total: $1,860,850

Difference: decrease $19,000