News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 28, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, November 28, 2019
Union 93 meeting a lead up to 20-21 budget, contract vote

Union 93 board meeting

Castine school board member Kathy MacArthur, second from left, raises a point at the Union 93 board meeting November 20 in Penobscot.

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by Anne Berleant

The Union 93 board met November 20 at Penobscot Community School, where members reviewed a proposed 2020-21 budget, re-elected Jerry Markley (Penobscot) as chairman and Kathy MacArthur (Castine) as secretary and played an online Kahoot quiz that covered technology, curriculum and special services reports.

The board also reviewed its evaluation, and evaluation process, of Superintendent Mark Hurvitt, but held off on renewing his contract until the next board meeting, when the 2020-21 budget will also be up for vote.

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As proposed, the $607,865 budget shows a 3.2 percent or $19,243 increase from this year.

“We’ve tried to keep it reasonable,” Superintendent Mark Hurvitt said, noting a request for a 3 percent raise for hourly staff: “We’ve bumped along at 2 percent for a long time.”

The salaried positions of superintendent, curriculum coordinator, special services director and business manager are slated for a 2.5 percent raise, with Hurvitt adding that the curriculum and technology positions are funded through federal grants.

Union 93 includes the Blue Hill, Brooksville, Castine, Penobscot and Surry school districts, and the Union 93 board comprises school board members of each district.

The board will vote on the budget and on central office staff contracts on December 18.