The Case Against School Consolidation in Freeport Maine

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The Case Against School Consolidation in Freeport Maine

  1. 1. Consolidation could work... But this plan doesn’t Here’s why... Thursday, October 16, 2008 1
  2. 2. Unfair Cost Sharing • Freeport pays disproportionately more than other towns. • System does not adjust as enrollments, valuations, demographics change. • Revisit after three - five years is not sufficient • 15% of budget today... Thursday, October 16, 2008 2
  3. 3. Capital Budget • High school capacity Freeport Durham remains an issue Pownal • State unlikely to support expansion of 13% high school building • Freeport picks up two 21% thirds of costs to 66% accomodate other towns students Thursday, October 16, 2008 3
  4. 4. Is this realistic? $10,500 $10,089 $9,979 $10,057 $10,058 $10,087 $9,125 Casco Bay 550 - 650 S.A.D. 51 Freeport $8,327 CBEA $7,750 RPC Plan $6,375 2006-2007 State Per Pupil (adjusted for inflation) Thursday, October 16, 2008 4
  5. 5. Alternative Organizational Structure • Very flexible option added through LD2323 • “Creativity will be the order of the day” • Could be configured to • Maximize efficiencies between the towns • Ensure fiar and equitable funding • Allow all communities to retain local flavor and control Thursday, October 16, 2008 5
  6. 6. Let’s find a better solution • Let’s use the eight months we have under the law to develop better options • Let’s build a ground-up budget with real numbers • Let’s listen to public input - not just hear it • Let’s develop a partnership where both opportunities and expenses are shared • Let’s create a solution that is fair and equitable for our children and taxpayers Thursday, October 16, 2008 6

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