How Are School Districts Preparing For LePage’s Proposed Education Cuts? Listen to Superintendent Dr. Mary Nash respond to this question: http://www.tinyurl.com/mm46f82

How Are School Districts Preparing For LePage’s Proposed Education Cuts?

Listen to Superintendent  Dr. Mary Nash respond to this question: http://www.tinyurl.com/mm46f82 

How Are School Districts Preparing For LePage’s Proposed Education Cuts?

By ROBBIE FEINBERG • 2 HOURS AGO

Listen Listening…    http://www.tinyurl.com/mm46f82

3:04 / 3:13 How Are School Districts Preparing For LePage’s Proposed Education Cuts?

In his budget proposal released earlier this year, Gov. Paul LePage vowed to drastically transform how schools are funded. The most notable change was the removal of roughly $40 million that the state gives local districts to help pay the salaries of administrators.

In his State of the State address, LePage hammered home the point that he thinks there are far too many administrators in Maine’s schools. Most notably, he pointed to the more than 100 school superintendents across the state.

“We are the biggest outlier in the country when it comes to superintendents,” he says. “We are just out of control. We need to seek accountability.”

Among many changes, LePage’s new budget would remove all state money for those administrators — about $40 million.

The new funding formula would boost allocations for some districts. Lewiston, for example, would receive an additional $4 million, and districts in Wells and Kittery would see at least another $100,000. However, other districts are looking at deficits that have them worried.

“There’s a point where you can’t do it with what you’ve got,” says Mary Nash, superintendent for MSAD 35, which covers Eliot and South Berwick.

Under the new budget plan, Nash says her district is looking at a loss of more than $750,000 in state funds. She says the district would have to cut teachers and increase class sizes across every grade in order to balance its books.

Nash says she understands that the governor wants to decrease administrative costs and direct more money toward student instruction, but she says his plan would likely wind up hurting students in her district instead.

“These cuts are so significant. They will impact every single one of our students next year. There’s no question,” she says. “And that’s what’s at stake for us.”

In RSU 18, in the Belgrade Lakes region, Superintendent Gary Smith is looking at similar losses.

“We are getting too good at cutting,” he says. “Each year, and this year’s no different.”

Smith says for the past eight years, his district’s budget has increased by only about 2 percent. But this year, he expects to reduce the staff by the equivalent of five-and-a-half positions.

On top of that, Smith says he’s asking local voters to put up extra money this year to help cover losses from the state. But he’s unsure how much more they will agree to pay in property taxes.

“I’m expecting, because we have some of the lowest mill rates in Kennebec County, I expect some very good questioning about a 3.25 percent budget increase,” he says.

While the cuts in these districts are severe, they aren’t set in stone. The Legislature will continue to debate the budget over the next few months.

Earlier this month, dozens of educators packed a budget hearing to testify against the proposal. Many were critical of the fact that the plan ignores a referendum approved this past fall that boosts education funding through a surtax on wealthier households.

Ultimately, school officials say they are optimistic that the Legislature will include more funding for education in its final budget. But in the meantime, they have to be prepared.

Budget Timeline for Budget for Fiscal Year 2018

Budget Timeline for Budget for Fiscal Year 2018

January 30, 2017 – Principals and Directors submit preliminary budget sheets to Superintendent

March 1, 2017 – Superintendent presents the budget to the School Board

March 15, 2017 – Two hour School Board and Public Budget Workshop with the Superintendent and Administrative Staff – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Learning Center at Marshwood High School (Middle School / High School / Athletics)

April 5, 2017 – Two hour School Board and Public Budget Workshop with the Superintendent and Elementary School Administrators – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Learning Center at Marshwood High School (Eliot Elementary School / Central School / Marshwood Great Works School)

April 12, 2017 – Two hour School Board and Public Budget Workshop with the Superintendent and Middle and High School Administrators – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Learning Center at Marshwood High School (Central Office / Special Education / Technology / Facilities / Transportation / Federal Grants / Adult Education )

April 26, 2017 Two hour School Board and Public Budget Workshop if necessary

May 3, 2017 – School Board approves the FY18 Budget

May 17, 2017 – District Budget Meeting:  The public approves the district budget warrant articles

June 13, 2017 – Budget Validation Referendum

Link for Superintendent’s Recommended Budget: http://www.rsu35.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Superintendents-Recommended-Budget-FY18-Overview-Dated-March-1-2017.pdf

American Red Cross Blood Drive at Marshwood HS – March 10, 2017

American Red Cross Blood Drive at Marshwood HS – March 10, 2017

There is an urgent need for blood and platelets

The Marshwood HS Blood Drive Committee is sponsoring a blood drive on:

Friday March 10, 2017  1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Marshwood High School Gymnasium

You can reserve a donation time at the American Red Cross website or use this link:

http://www.redcrossblood.org/

If you know that your blood type is O, consider being a “power red” donor.

For more information about being a “power red” donor, donating platelets or signing up for rapid pass, please go to the American Red Cross web site.

Please contact Joanne Roberts RN – School Nurse with any questions 207.384.4500

Marshwood Adult Education is Very Proud of Their Former Student, Maryna Shuliakouskaya

for photos: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170109/woman-learns-english-then-opens-aroma-joes

Woman learns English, Then Opens Aroma Joe’s

Jan 9, 2017 at 3:59  By Mark Kobzik news@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine – When Maryna Shuliakouskaya arrived in the United States from Belarus, a small landlocked country on Russia’s border, she didn’t speak any English. Now, 10 years later, she has opened her third Aroma Joe’s franchise in Kittery.

“I’ve already been in the United States for 10 years and looking back another five, I feel like I was born in the business world,” Shuliakouskaya said. “My dad always tried to open some kind of business during some pretty tough years back home. Belarus is right next to Russia, it’s part of the former Soviet Union, and it was pretty hard to open your own business. Especially under a communist government.”

She arrived in the United States having completed five years of college education at home. Her plan was to stay long enough to make $5,000 and then return home to Belarus. When she met her future husband, Adam Young, those plans changed.

Shuliakouskaya’s first job was with Young at the Weathervane restaurant in Kittery. She began to teach herself English, along with help from Adam, by studying receipts to learn the names of food and drinks.

“She caught my eye because of how hard working she is. She brings a passion to the work that she does. One reason I felt attracted to her was her drive to succeed,” Young said.

Only three months after meeting, Shuliakouskaya and Young married and have been business partners ever since. They work together to run three Aroma Joe’s franchises, with Young managing the newest location in Kittery.

Shuliakouskaya had almost graduated with a computer science degree in Belarus, but she had to drop out once she decided to stay in the United States.

“You pretty much feel like you’re someone and then you’re no one. I’m a dreamer, so I wasn’t going to give up. There were times when I was ready to pack my clothes and go back,” she said.

Without speaking English, she continued working various jobs until deciding that she wanted more. Shuliakouskaya completed math and English courses at Marshwood High School’s Adult Education program before she went to York County Community College, the first of three colleges in the United States where she has earned degrees.

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At one point Shuliakouskaya lost her work visa and couldn’t drive or work. As Young described it, she was housebound taking care of their newborn baby. But with the help of Young and others, Shuliakouskaya started making it to classes at Marshwood High School. Steve Boillot, her language teacher, visited her home to study and even helped her get admitted to the University of Southern Maine.

She obtained a degree in international business at USM before going to Southern New Hampshire University for her master’s in marketing. Between classes and her jobs, Shuliakouskaya was working 70-80 hours a week. Now she says her life is even busier with owning a business, being a marketing director for Subway, and raising the couple’s children Nellie, 8, and Nadia, 5 months, at their home in Eliot.

In 2013, Shuliakouskaya was approached by her boss at Subway, where she had been a manager and later a marketing assistant, with the offer of opening an Aroma Joe’s. Two years later, she opened her second location in Gorham. The Kittery location opened in November.

Shuliakouskaya now gives inspirational talks to students at Thornton Academy and Marshwood High School, and she also teaches business and marketing at Great Bay Community College. She tells her students that working hard means giving your best effort to everything you do.

“You can achieve something if you work really hard. Don’t give yourself excuses, I hate excuses. You have time for everything. When someone tells me ‘I didn’t have time,’ I lose my mind. Time is for everything. It depends on how you prioritize,” Shuliakouskaya said.

“What was your comment? asked Young.

“You can sleep when you’re dead,” Shuliakouskaya replied.

In Photos

Adam Young and Maryna Shuliakouskaya of Eliot in their recently opened Aroma Joe’s Coffee shop at the new Rockwell Center on Route 236 in Kittery. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

Maryna Shuliakouskaya and her husband, Adam Young, who live in Eliot, recently opened an Aroma Joe’s coffee shop on Route 236 in Kittery. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

Adam Young and Maryna Shuliakouskaya of Eliot in their recently opened Aroma Joe’s Coffee shop at the new Rockwell Center on Route 236 in Kittery. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

Maryna Shuliakouskaya and her husband, Adam Young, who live in Eliot, recently opened an Aroma Joe’s coffee shop on Route 236 in Kittery. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline