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MINUTES
AUGUSTA BOARD OF EDUCATION
Special Meeting
March 18, 2020 

The following board members were present:

Chair:

Edward Hastings

Board Members:

Jennifer Dumond, Staci Fortunato, Pia Holmes, Kevin Lamoreau-via phone,   Kati McCormick, Amanda Olson-via phone

 

Board Member 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: 

3.  Pledge of Allegiance: 

4.  New Business:

               A.  Approval of 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 in the total amount of $33,051,601

 

Move to approve all of the below Expenditures in the   following Cost Center Categories within the Proposed Operating Budget for   school year 2020-2021 in the total amount of $33,051,601

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings  Second:  Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion passed 6 to   0

 

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:                          $11,585,268

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $ 

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

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $5,243,068

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $ 

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

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,530,148                                                                              City Council Recommends:                            $ 

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

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $646,974                                                                                 City Council Recommends:                            $ 

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

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,940,941

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $ 

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

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $1,051,085

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $ 

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

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $1,898,009

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $ 

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

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $1,890,000

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $ 

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

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $3,370,651

                                                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:                          $1,895,457

                                                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   $12,586,975 and $27,214,187.10

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings   Second:  Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion   passed 6 to 0

  

ARTICLE 12: Shall the City raise $12,586,975.00and appropriate $27,214,187.10  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:                 $12,586,975 and $27,214,187.10 

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   $212,275

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings   Second:  Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion   passed 6 to 0

 

ARTICLE 13:  Shall the City raise and appropriate $212,275 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:                          $212,275         

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   $1,423,929

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings   Second:  Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion   passed 6 to 0

 

Article 14: Shall the City raise and to appropriate the sum of $1,423,929 in additional local funds, which exceeds the State’s Essential Programs and Services allocation model by $1,423929 as required to fund the budget recommended by the board of directors. 

The board of directors recommends $1,423,929 for additional local funds and gives the following reasons for exceeding the State’s Essential Programs and Services fund model by $1,423,929. 

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 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, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021, 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:                                      $33,051,601

 

Adult Education 

 

Move to approve Article 16 in the amounts   of $776,927 and $513,469

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings   Second:    Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion passed 6 to 0

 

ARTICLE 16:   Shall the City appropriate $776,927 for Adult Education and raise $513,469as 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:                                                  $776,927 and $513,469                                                                                                                     

           

Move to approve Article 17

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward   Hastings   Second:    Staci Fortunato

 

 

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

 

5.  Adjourn:

                 A.  Motion to Adjourn:

Move   to Adjourn.

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Staci   Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion   passed 6 to 0

6:09   p.m.