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Proposed Gorham school budget up $1.1 million

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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 9:35 pm

GORHAM – A proposed 2013-14 spending plan that Gorham Superintendent Ted Sharp rolled out Wednesday would rise to $33.3 million from this year’s $32.2 million, representing a $1.1 million increase.

Sharp’s proposal would increase the local taxpayers’ share to $15.4 million from $13.7 million. If a projected increase of the town’s total valuation is accurate, the impact of the proposed budget on local property owners would be an increase $1.24 for $1,000 of valuation. It would hike taxes $248 for a home valued at $200,000.

A brief rollout was the Gorham School Committee’s first look at Sharp’s proposed budget and there was no discussion.

“It’s not a done deal,” Kyle Currier, School Committee chairwoman said.

Sharp’s proposal includes cutting two teachers, 5.5 educational technicians, 2.5 secretaries and one technology position.

The budget apparently does not include an all-day kindergarten program, as the committee studying the proposal will report its findings in a School Committee workshop on Wednesday, March 27. Noah Miner, a former town councilor, advocated implementing all-day kindergarten.

“I encourage you to please put it in the budget this year,” Miner said, “and see where the chips fall.”

The proposed budget will be discussed in an all-day workshop beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, in a second floor conference room in the municipal center, 75 South St. The meeting will be open for the public to attend.

The School Committee is expected to vote on a budget in mid-April.

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