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District Budget Meeting May 26, 2022

MSAD #60

North Berwick, Berwick and Lebanon

MINUTES OF THE DISTRICT BUDGET MEETING OF May 26, 2022


The MSAD 60 school budget meeting took place at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine beginning at 6:40 pm on May 26, 2022. All board members were present except Ms. Travers, Ms. Mallett, and Ms. Hopper. The press was present as well.


Audra Beauvais, Superintendent of Schools, welcomed the residents. Nominations for moderator were then accepted.


A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to nominate Geoffrey Day, of Berwick, as moderator. A show of hands indicated support of the residents for Geoffrey Day as moderator and the motion passed overwhelmingly.


The Superintendent swore Mr. Day in as moderator.


The moderator noted that he would be making a modification and allowing the Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent, non-residents, to speak when responding to direct questions. The Assistant Superintendent will be the recorder of events for the evening.


The Moderator then reviewed the process of the meeting and the rules that would be followed.


Superintendent Audra Beauvais briefly reviewed the budget and she shared with the audience where the increased expenses were incurred and what the impact of mill rates was, and that the final numbers indicate a 4.91% increase to taxpayers.


Mr. James Duprey of Lebanon asked the board how we would be able to sustain the increases going forward as he believes that consistent raises to the taxes are unsustainable.


Article 1: Regular Instruction

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was no discussion and the article was overwhelmingly approved.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 2: Special Education

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There were 2 questions asking more specific questions regarding services. The residents then voted on the article as recommended by the board of directors. It was approved overwhelmingly.

Proposed Amendment: None


Article 3: Career and Technical Education

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was no discussion and the article was then approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 4: Other Instruction

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was no discussion and the article was approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 5: Student and Staff Support

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was one question and the article was approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 6: System Administration

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was no discussion. The article was then approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 7: School Administration

A Lebanon Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was some discussion (3 questions).


Proposed Amendment: Proposed to reduce the Principals/Assistant Principals/Deans line by $10,000. Did not pass.


The original article was voted on as presented and the article was approved overwhelmingly.


Article 8: Transportation

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There were some discussion (3 questions) and the article was approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None




Article 9: Facilities Maintenance

A Lebanon Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was some discussion (3 questions). The members then voted on the proposed article as recommended by the board of directors and it was approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 10: Debt Service and Other Commitments

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was no discussion. The members then voted on the proposed article as recommended by the board of directors and it was approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 11: All Other Expenditures

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There were two questions. The members then voted on the proposed article as recommended by the board of directors and it was approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 12: Essential Programs and Services Funding Act

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was no discussion and the article was then approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment:


Article 13: Straight Local Money, Written Ballot

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was no further discussion and it was moved to a written ballot.


Berwick Y: 9 No: 0

Lebanon Y: 6 No: 2

N. Berwick Y: 8 No: 5

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Totals Y:23 No: 7


Article 14: Summary Article

A Lebanon Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was no further discussion on the article and the article was approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 15: Raises and Appropriates Funds for the School Nutrition Program

A North Berwick Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was some discussion (one question) on the article and was then approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 16: Adult Education

A Lebanon Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was one question and the article was then approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 17: Expending other funds

A Lebanon Resident made the motion and it was seconded to accept the proposed budget as recommended by the board of directors. There was no discussion and the article was then approved overwhelmingly.


Proposed Amendment: None


A Lebanon Resident made the motion and it was seconded to adjourn. It was approved overwhelmingly. MSAD #60 North Berwick, Berwick and Lebanon Meeting adjourned at: 7:38 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Audra Beauvais

Secretary of the Board of Directors


Count Berwick: 9 North Berwick: 13 Lebanon: 8


Total: 30


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