The RSU18 School Budget vote is today and we need your vote.
I’ve shared facts on our budget over the last month, encouraging people to look at the numbers when making a decision on our budget. When you compare our district to other schools (and even non-school entities like town government) over the past five years, you will see that RSU18 has taken a responsible approach to spending (well under 1%/ year). I encourage any and all community members to get out and vote to support the budget today. As with all things Messalonskee, I’m happy to discuss questions so don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any!
As high school principal, I have spent a lot of time with the RSU18 budget. I’ve been a part of tough discussions on spending, had monies I’ve requested cut and worked with staff to continue programming for our students. It’s a hard process each year, but it is one that I am ultimately proud of and one that I believe reflects well on our district. From bus drivers to teachers, to administrators and support staff, it is my belief that we do well by our local communities.
Information on the 2015-16 budget can be found at: http://www.rsu18.org/index.php?id=2&sub_id=7574
Information on past budgets can be found at: http://www.rsu18.org/index.php?id=341&sub_id=447
I am frequently asked about the district budget (as a long-time resident with three kids moving through the district, I’m often approached with questions). Below are some points I would share about our budget and the budgeting process.
Our district spending over the past five to six years has been very responsible:
Over the last five years RSU18 Budget cumulative increase stands at 3.57%; this is a 0.71% annualized increase over that time. An increase of less than 3/4 of one percent each year.
Neighboring districts 5 year cumulative budget increase stands at: Augusta – 8.15%, Lawrence – 12.72%, Maranacook – 10.85%, Waterville – 11.8%, Winslow 4.79%
RSU18 is frugal with their spending based on the per-student spending as reported by the state when compared both to state averages as well as the surrounding school communities.
The RSU18 per-student spending for 2013-14 is $10,245, $1811 below the state average of $12,059.
The per-student cost of the 2015-16 RSU18 School budget stands at $11,459 using the latest state enrollment figures (Oct. 1).
The same per-student spending of area schools is: Augusta – $12,714, Lawrence – $12,194, Maranacook – $13,510, Waterville – $11,742, Winslow – $11,835.
(2013-14 Maine School Expense Category Comparison)
RSU18 does well by kids… As principal of Messalonskee High School I have seen us work to better the education of the students in our building over the past four years. The teaching staff has been flexible, increased a larger variety of offerings for students, and worked to raise the academic performance of our students. Last year we were the highest scoring High School in our area with a “B” on the state report card.
As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have pertaining to the budget or other items related to our work at MHS.