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NEW! FY 16 Budget Update #3 - 02/04/15
RSU #38 Budget Update #3
Re:  February 4, 2015 RSU #38 School Board Meeting

“Providing support for students in order to promote academic success”

Free and Reduced Percentages: This chart describes the percentages of free and reduced students, district-wide and by school since 2010.

First Draft, Version 1b Summary Budgets: This summary reflects the budget to date and includes the items below.  The RSU #38 Administrative Team and School Board will continue to examine and change this budget throughout the budget process.

Summary of Reductions from Original Requests, 2/4/15: The summary describes the budget reductions that have been made to date from the Original Request Budget and are included in the Version 1b Summary.

Summary of Budget Increases, 2/4/15: This summary describes the increases for new requests over the FY15 budget that have been discussed to date and are included in the Version 1b Summary.   

The February 4, 2015 RSU #38 School Board meeting focused on the following budget topics: technology, special education, English Language Learners (ELL), and Gifted and Talented (GT).  Readfield third grade teacher, Abby Shink, and several of her students demonstrated the Promethean Board (an interactive whiteboard) in their classroom.  Abby facilitated a lesson on text features, an element of third grade Common Core standards. The students also participated in a math-based interactive game on the Promethean Board that focused on computation and number concept. Promethean Boards can be used for whole class instruction as well as small group independent work.  Teachers comment that they believe the boards promote and increase student engagement.  There are currently two Promethean Boards at Readfield, the only elementary school in the district that currently has these boards.  Diane MacGregor, Director of Technology in RSU #38 would like to begin increasing the number of boards in each of the elementary schools.  Each board (including the projector and programming licenses) costs about $4200.

RSU #38 program directors highlighted the following items from their FY16 budgets.  These items are included in the First Draft, Version 1b Summary Budgets.

  • 12 hours additional tech support
  • several more ipads at each of the elementary schools in an effort to increase the availability of technology to those schools
  • switches and controllers at Mt. Vernon and Wayne (Manchester and Readfield received these last year)
  • a security firewall at Manchester (we will install a firewall in one elementary school a year)  
  • 4 new LCD projectors at the high school to replace projectors that have worn out
  • professional development  for the PowerSchool program
  • no anticipated changes to staff
  • increase in the legal fee line
  • reorganization of staff in order to provide certified ELL services to all ELL students
  • elimination of .5 FTE (Full Time Employee) educational technician position
  • .3 FTE increase for certified ELL teacher
  • reorganization of GT staff to provide English Language Arts acceleration for high school and middle school students
  • .2 FTE increase
The next RSU #38 School Board Budget workshop will be held on February 25, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Maranacook Community High School.  Budget topics for this meeting will include Co and Extra Curricular, Operations and Maintenance, Transportation, Miscellaneous Cost Centers (Adult Education, Food Service, Health, Professional Development/Curriculum, Systems Administration, and Debt Service.  

The RSU #38 Administration Team and School Board will continue to examine the FY16 Budget and make changes in an effort of fiscal responsibility while we focus on

“Providing support for students in order to promote academic success”

We urge you to attend budget meetings in order to gain information throughout the budget development process.  

Sincerely,

Donna H. Wolfrom, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 6.15.34 PM.pngAdult education student Brittany Thomas recently received her high school diploma from RSU 38 Superintendent Donna Wolfrom. Brittany worked diligently for over two years studying and completing the testing requirements (while also holding down three jobs!) before finally achieving this fantastic accomplishment! Brittany has decided to continue with her formal education and has enrolled in the college transitions program where she is currently taking her first college class! Brittany plans to enroll at the University of Maine in Augusta in the Fall of 2015.

If you are interested in learning more about our high school diploma and college transitions programs at RSU #38 Maranacook, please join us at Maranacook high school from 6-7:00 on November 17th for a quick informational session on how you can start today to jump start your education!



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Visit the 2013-2015 FY 15 budget information page for details on the budget.
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Homeless Liaison
It is the responsibility of RSU #38 to notify the citizens/parents of the district on an annual basis that educational services are available to students classified as homeless.  If you need further information to determine the rights available to homeless students in our district, please contact Donna Foster at 685-3336 ext. 2, or your building principal.

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“Common Core” State Education Standards-
Click on the link below to view the community presentation
(Please click on the slide to advance to the next screen and continue the presentation.)

This Common Core presentation was presented to the community on January 30, 2013 at Maranacook Community School by Sarah Caban and Barbara Bourgoine. Many requested to have it posted since they were not able to make the presentation.

For more information regarding the Common Core, visit the following websites:



Common Core in Maine



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Maranacook Area Schools
RSU #38
45 Millard Harrison Drive, Readfield, ME 04355-3583
Phone: 207.685.3336 | Fax: 207.685.4703
Dr. Donna Wolfrom, Superintendent
Email: donna_wolfrom@maranacook.org
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