2015-05-29 / Letters

Letter to the Community

Dear Community Members,

On June 9th South Portland residents will be asked to vote on the School Department’s FY16 Budget. Please feel free to review the components of our proposed budget prior to the Budget Validation Referendum scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th at the South Portland Community Center. In addition to the highlights from each of our schools, the enclosed school budget continues our focus toward improving student achievement for our projected 3100 students. In developing this budget the Board of Education remained committed to their vision for South Portland Schools: All South Portland learners exhibit a wonder and excitement for learning. They are inspired to explore their interests and build the knowledge and skills that will give them a successful path to their future.

We ensure that all learners meet or exceed rigorous content standards while developing the skills and habits of mind necessary for future success.

Our methods of instruction inspire and challenge learners to grow and prepare themselves for a lifetime of educational, career and personal fulllment.

Every staff member demonstrates a commitment to creating a fullling school experience for all learners.

The schools and community share a responsibility for creating and maintaining a rich and expansive environment for student learning.

Highlights to the proposed FY16 School

budget include:

State subsidy is projected at $5,182,701.

Maintenance reserves are being used to fund approximately $207,712 worth of maintenance projects throughout the district.

Positions eliminated or recongured (Elementary Teacher, Resource Room Teacher, Teacher of the Academically Gifted, Photography Teacher, First Team Soccer, MLTI Educational Technician, and Middle School Athletic Stafng Changes).

Positions added: ( .5 Sabbatical Teacher Stipend, 1 FTE Custodian for HS, 1 Swing Custodian starting 1/16, 2 Part-time (.5) Custodians, 2 SPED Ed. Techs, 3 MS Athletic Teams, and Building Leadership Teams at Brown, Dyer and Small Schools).

Local budget operating expenses

resulting in a 3.5% increased need from taxes were approved by the City Council.

The South Portland School Department prides itself on the quality of its schools and our long standing relationship with the South Portland community. We are committed to providing quality education and facility stewardship through a scally responsible budget. The budget approved by the Board of Education and the City Council is responsive to the needs of students and the citizens of South Portland.

In closing I’d like to thank the community for affording me the opportunity to lead this organization for the past eight years. It has been my pleasure to work with such a dedicated staff and supportive community.

Suzanne T. Godin,
Superintendent of Schools

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