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Minutes Of May 25, 2023 District Budget Meeting

MSAD #60

North Berwick, Berwick and Lebanon

MINUTES OF THE DISTRICT BUDGET MEETING OF May 25, 2023


The MSAD 60 school budget meeting took place at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine beginning at 6:30 pm on May 25, 2023. All board members were present except Ms. Janousek,

The press was present as well.


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


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 5.32 % increase to taxpayers.


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.


Article 1: Regular Instruction

A 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

There were some questions regarding number of students and costs. There was a Proposed Amendment: Reduce the amount of the total from 39,189.00 to 39,100.00. The amendment failed.


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


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 one question 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 were no questions and the article was approved.


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 no discussion. The article was then approved.


Proposed Amendment: None


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 was no discussion and the article was approved.


Proposed Amendment: None


Article 9: Facilities Maintenance

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 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 no 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 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:


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: 18 No: 0

Lebanon Y: 9 No: 4

N. Berwick Y: 17 No: 19

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Totals Y: 44 No: 23


Article 14: Summary Article

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 several questions discussed on the article and an amendment proposed.


Proposed Amendment: Proposed $36,688,725 instead of $45,237,833. Motion on the proposed amendment failed.


Original motion was voted upon and the motion was approved.


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 no discussion on the article and was then approved.


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 a question regarding a point of order with two figures. There was some discussion and the article was then approved.


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.


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 7:30 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Audra Beauvais

Secretary of the Board of Directors


Count Berwick: __18____ North Berwick:__36____ Lebanon: __11____


Total: __67____


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