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SAD 41 board installs new members

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 17, April 24, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

New Milo, Lake View Plantation residents join school board.

MILO – Two new members were welcomed to the SAD 41 school board at their annual meeting earlier this month.

After recent local elections, Gina Hamlin will be representing Lake View Plantation and Dennis Dorsey will be representing Milo.

"I am pleased with both members," said Superintendent David Walker. "I think they'll both be valuable members who will bring fresh ideas and a fresh perspective to the board."

For the coming year, Stephanie Salley of Milo was re-elected as board chair and Jeff Hamlin of Brownville will be vice-chair.

Last week's meeting also included a review of the upcoming budget proposal. A budget is scheduled to be presented to the board at their May 1 meeting.

"Right now, we've got our fingers crossed," Walker said. "We're still trying to work with the increased health insurance rates... (and) special education costs continue to be a problem for us."

According to a report by Director of Student Services , Bunny Goodman, the school district educates 163 students, an increase over previous years, with the federal government failing to deliver much of its promised funds.

"Our actual cost per special ed pupil was $6,168 last year. The federal government IDEA grant for 2001-02 was $110,668÷this works out to $738 per pupil," explained Goodman. "We should be receiving $2,928 per IDEA student from Washington. Thus, we have a $2,190 shortfall per pupil, totalling $328,500 failed in commitment to this community."

Goodman suggested that the board and others talk to their congressmen about the lack of promised federal funds.

Walker said he has been in touch with Sen. Susan Collins about the problem.

"Sen. Collins has been especially helpful, but unfortunately, she hasn't been able to do much about the situation," he said.

As far as other budget matters go,it still seems to be a work in progress. Walker said the both the high school and the middle school are in need of repairs. The buildings are on one of the state's capital improvement lists. He said they should hear back about seriously the repairs have been rated soon.

"A lot of upgrades need to be done because we have all original equipment," he said.

Penquis Valley High School was built about 35 years ago, and Penquis Valley Middle School was added about 28 years ago.

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