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MINUTES

AUGUSTA BOARD OF EDUCATION

SPECIAL MEETING

MARCH 21, 2018

 

The following Board Members were present:

Chair:

Edward Hastings

Board Members:

Jason Bersani, Christopher Clarke, Tom Connors, April Cusick, Staci   Fortunato, Kati McCormick

 

The following Board Member was absent:

Board Member:

Pia Holmes

 

Also present were:

Superintendent:

James Anastasio

Assistant   Superintendent:

Donna Madore

Business Manager

Kathy Casparius

 

6:00 p.m.

 

1.  Opening:

 

2.  Call to Order:

 

3.  Pledge of Allegiance:

 

4.  New Business:

 

          A.  Approval of 2018-2019 budget articles:

 

Motion to approve these Expenditures, Articles 1 to 11 in the following Cost Center Categories within the Proposed Operating Budget for school year 2018-2019 in the total amount of $30,806,395.

 

Move to approve all of the below Expenditures in the   following Cost Center Categories within the Proposed Operating Budget for   school year 2018-2019 in the total amount of $30,806,395

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings  Second: Staci Fortunato

Bersani, Cusick,   Fortunato, McCormick

Clarke, Connors

Motion Passed/Failed:   4 to 2

 

 

ARTICLES 1 THROUGH 11 AUTHORIZE EXPENDITURES IN THE FOLLOWING COST CENTER CATEGORIES:

 

ARTICLE 1: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Regular Instruction.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $10,441,186

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 2: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Special Education.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $5,194,206

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 3: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Career and Technical Education.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,438,768

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 4: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Other Instruction.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $597,579

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 5: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Student and Staff Support.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,664,651

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 6: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for System Administration.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $910,309

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 7: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for School Administration.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $1,740,772

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 8: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Facilities Maintenance.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $3,160,365

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 9: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Transportation.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $1,634,604

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

 

ARTICLE 10: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Debt Service and Other Commitments.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,018,768

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 11:  To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for All Other Expenditures.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $5,187

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

 

 

Needs from Taxation

 

 

Move to approve Article 12 in the amount of   $13,646,908.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings  Second:  Staci Fortunato

Bersani,   Clarke, Cusick, Fortunato, McCormick

Connors

Motion   Passed/Failed: 5 to 1

 

 

ARTICLE 12: Shall the City raise $30,806,395 and appropriate $13,646,908  for the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act and to see what sum the municipality will raise as the municipality’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688.

 

School Board Recommends:                 $30,806,395  and $13,646,908

 

Explanation:  The City’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act is the amount of money determined by state law to be the minimum amount that a municipality must raise in order to receive the full amount of state dollars.  At this date, the amount raised is less than the state required minimum; however, there is pending legislation to waive this requirement as the State is not meeting its funding obligation.

 

 

a)      Local Only Debt Service

 

Move to approve Article 13 in the amount of   $284,050

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings  Second:  Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion   Passed/Failed: 6 to 0

 

ARTICLE 13:  Shall the City raise and appropriate $284,050 for the annual payments on debt service previously approved by the legislative body for non-state-funded school construction projects, non-state-funded portions of school construction projects and minor capital projects in addition to the funds appropriated as the local share of the school administrative unit’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12.

 

School Board Recommends:                          $284,050

 

Explanation: Non-state-funded debt service is the amount of money needed for the annual payments on the municipality/district long-term debt for major capital school construction projects and minor capital renovation projects that are not approved for state subsidy.  The bonding of this long-term debt was previously approved by the voters or other legislative body.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 15 SUMMARIZES THE PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET:

 

ARTICLE 15:  To see what sum the City will authorize the School Board to expend for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019, from the City’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, non-state-funded school construction projects, additional local funds for school purposes under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15690, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, state subsidy and other receipts for the support of schools.

 

School Board Recommends:                                      $30,806,395

 

 

b)     Adult Education

 

Move to approve Article 16 in the amounts   of $640,269 and $402,769.

Motion:

Yeas:

 

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings  Second:    Staci Fortunato

Bersani, Connors, Cusick, Fortunato,   McCormick

Clarke

Motion Passed/Failed: 5 to 1

 

ARTICLE 16:   Shall the City appropriate $704,803 for Adult Education and raise $457,303 as the local share; with authorization to expend any additional, incidental, or miscellaneous receipts in the interest and for the well-being of the adult education program.

 

School Board Recommends:                                                  $704,803 and $457,303

 

 

 

Move to approve Article 17

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings  Second:  Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion   (Passed/Failed)  6 to 0

 

ARTICLE 17: In the event that the Augusta School Department receives more state education subsidy than the amount included in its budget, shall the School Board be authorized to use all or part of the additional state subsidy to increase expenditures for school purposes in cost center categories approved by the School Board and/or decrease the local cost share expectation, as defined in Title 20-A, section 15671�€‘A(1)(B), for local property taxpayers for funding public education as approved by the School Board?

 

 

      5.  Adjourn:

  1. Motion to Adjourn:

Move   to Adjourn.

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:  

Vote:

Time:

Edward   Hastings  Second:  Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion   (Passed/Failed) 6 to 0

6:20   p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Augusta Board of Education

Business Meeting

April 11, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Council Chambers

City Center