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MINUTES

AUGUSTA BOARD OF EDUCATION

BUSINESS MEETING

MARCH 20, 2019

 

 

The following board members were present:

Chair:

Edward Hastings

Board Members:

Jason Bersani, Jennifer Dumond, Staci Fortunato, Pia Holmes, Kevin   Lamoreau, Kati McCormick, Michael Michaud

 

The following board member was absent:

 

Christopher Clarke

 

Also present were:

Superintendent:

James Anastasio

Assistant   Superintendent:

Donna Madore

Business Manager

Kathy Casparius

 

 

6:00 p.m.

 

1.  Opening:

 

2.  Call to Order:

 

Motion to Amend the Agenda:

 

Move to amend the agenda to include an Executive Session to update   the board on the status of contract negotiations pursuant to M.R.S.A.§ 405(6)   (D).

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings Second: Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion passed 7 to   0

 

3.  Pledge of Allegiance:

 

4.  Motion to Amend the budget:

 

Move to amend the original budget to include a   technology position for the approximate sum of $60,000 a year.

Motion:

Yeas:

 

Nays:

Vote:

Michael Michaud  Second:    Pia Holmes

Bersani, Dumond,   Holmes, McCormick, Michaud

Fortunato,   Lamoreau

Motion passed 5 to   2

 

      5.  New Business:

 

          A.  Approval of 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 in the total amount of $31,662,644.

 

Move to approve all of the below Expenditures in the   following Cost Center Categories within the Proposed Operating Budget for   school year 2019-2020 in the total amount of $31,662,644

Motion:

Yeas:

 

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings   Second: Kati McCormick

Bersani, Dumond,   Holmes, Lamoreau, McCormick, Michaud

Fortunato

Motion passed 6 to   1

 

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:                          $10,832,013

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

 

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

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $5,322,451

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

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

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,446,177

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

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

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $650,291

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

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

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,684,236

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

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

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $968,755

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

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

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $1,774,892

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

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

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $1,735,000

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

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

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $3,256,739

                                                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:                          $1,992,090

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

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

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $0

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

Needs from Taxation

 

 

Move to approve Article 12 in the amount of   $12,710,352.00 and $27,931,204.71

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings  Second:  Pia Holmes

 

 

Motion   passed 7 to 0

 

 

ARTICLE 12: Shall the City raise $12,710,352.00and appropriate $27,931,204.71  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:        $12,710,352.00 and $27,931,204.71

 

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. 

  

Local Only Debt Service

 

Move to approve Article 13 in the amount of   $218,875

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings  Second:  Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion   passed 7 to 0

 

ARTICLE 13:  Shall the City raise and appropriate $218,875 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:                          $218,875

 

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 14: Additional Local Appropriation

 

Move to approve Article 14 in the amount of   $933,550

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings  Second: Kati McCormick

 

 

Motion   passed 7 to 0

 

ARTICLE 14: Shall the City raise and to appropriate the sum of $933,550 in additional local funds, which exceeds the State’s Essential Programs and Services allocation model by $933,550 as required to fund the budget recommended by the board of directors.

 

The board of directors recommends $933,550 for additional local funds and gives the following reasons for exceeding the State’s Essential Programs and Services fund model by $933,550.

 

Explanation: The additional local funds are those locally raised funds over and above the school administrative unit’s local 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 and local amounts raised for the annual payment on non-state-funded debt service that will help achieve the municipality’s budget for educational programs.

 

 

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, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020, 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:                                      $31,662,644

 

 

Adult Education

 

Move to approve Article 16 in the amounts   of $721,658 and $468,200

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings  Second:  Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion   passed 7 to 0

 

ARTICLE 16:  Shall the City appropriate $721,658 for Adult Education and raise $468,200 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:                                                  $721,658 and $468,200

 

 

 

Move to approve Article 17

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings Second: Michael Michaud

 

 

Motion   passed  7 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 1485 subsection 5, for local property taxpayers for funding public education as approved by the School Board?

 

      6.  Executive Session:

               A.  Motion to enter into Executive Session, pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6) (D) to discuss

                      negotiations.

Move to   enter into Executive Session, pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6) (D) to discuss   negotiations.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Edward Hastings Second: Kati McCormick

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

6:26 p.m.

 

               B.  Motion to exit from Executive Session.

Move to   exit from Executive Session.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Staci Fortunato  Second:    Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

7:46 p.m.

 

      7.  Motion to Adjourn:

               A.  Motion to Adjourn:

Move to Adjourn.

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Staci   Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion   passed 7 to 0

7:46   p.m.

  

Next Augusta Board of Education Business Meeting 

April 10, 2019

Pre Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Council Chambers

City Center