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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 30, 2014
Brooklin school board discusses “maintenance budget”

by Jessica Brophy

At its Tuesday, January 13, meeting, the Brooklin school board held first discussions of the 2014-15 school year budget.

Union 76 Superintendent Mark Jenkins presented an overview of what he referred to as a “maintenance budget,” or one that more or less “maintains the status quo in terms of programming.”

The only major potential change, said Jenkins, would be to hire a counselor one day per week.

Enrollment figures have held steady for a few years, said Jenkins, and looks stable for next year as well. There are currently 92 students at Brooklin, including 10 in pre-K, 54 in K-8 and 28 in high school.

Health care costs are expected to increase approximately 8 percent, and the special education budget is expected to remain more or less flat. Brooklin’s share of the Union 76 central office budget will decrease.

Contract negotiations are in the works across all Union 76 schools, so that means the numbers are hard to pin down, said Jenkins.

Selectman Deborah Brewster asked about the school’s roof fund, and whether there was $25,000 in the budget for roof repair. Jenkins said there was.

The board will next meet Tuesday, February 11, at 6 p.m.