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Lakeview withdrawal from SAD 41 near complete

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 16, April 16, 2003

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

LAKEVIEW PLANTATION In a landslide 47-0 vote, residents of Lakeview Plantation last week supported the town's withdrawal from SAD 41.

The April 9 vote now must be certified by the school district. SAD 41 Superintendent David Walker said members of the school district will consider the withdrawal at the May 7 meeting.

"We're down to the last couple of steps in this very long, drawn -out process," Walker said.

Once the SAD 41 board verifies the vote, by noting on the record that the vote constituted more than two-thirds in favor of the withdrawal, the process will go on to the state com-mssioner of education, Susan A. Gendron. The commissioner will then instruct the district and the town to "execute the terms of the withdrawal agreement," Walker said.

As part of the withdrawal agreement, Lakeview has agreed to pay the district $26,000 amounting to the town's share of the district's debt service.

Tie town also is required to elect a three-member school board to determine an annual school budget, and hire a part-time superintendent . "They now become a single unit school district," Walker explained. In the 2002-03 school year, only five students from Lakeview enrolled in the SAD 41 schools, according to Fred Trask, town assessor. Trask said that the town will continue to send students on a tuition basis to SAD 41 schools, following the comletion of the withdrawal process.

Superintendent Walker said that the town's withdrawal will benefit the district, by providing additional general purpose aid to the district. Based on this year's valuations, the district stands to gain an additional $48,000 in state aid to education, once Lakeview's $35 million of property value is taken out of the equation.

The deadline for completion of the withdrawal process for Lakeview is July 1.

SAD 41 is now in the final stretches of preparing a preliminary budget for the 2003-04 school year. Walker said. A budget work session is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Penquis Valley High School library.

Walker said the district is working on developing a flat-funded budget, which imposes no increase in tax on the member towns: Milo, Brownville, Lagrange and Atkinson. Atkinson town officials have expressed an interest in withdrawing from SAD 41 and joining SAD 68 in Dover-Foxcroft.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.