News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 1, 2021
Castine school board approves 2021-22 budget
Slight decrease from last year

At its special meeting on Tuesday, March 23, the Castine School Board approved the 2021-22 school budget.

The final budget was the result of a series of discussions over the course of four budget meetings in the last two months. Voters will now have the opportunity to weigh in on the school budget at town meeting on May 8.

In terms of the numbers, the budget totals $1,482,656, representing a $717 decrease from last year, or 0.05 percent.

According to Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt, this is in line with the trend of Castine’s school budgets over the last several years. “Three out of the last four school budgets have been down from the previous year in Castine,” said Hurvitt.

Despite that, the budget includes a new position at Adams School, that of a Response to Intervention, or RTI, teacher who will provide extra help to students.

The RTI teacher will address individual students having difficulty with math or reading before they would get referred to special education. Thus, the board felt it was a good investment,” said Hurvitt.

Partly to accommodate the new position, an Educational Tech position will be cut.

This is a maintenance budget except for the addition of a new position,” said Hurvitt.