Updated to include telephone numbers
Frequently Asked Questions MSAD 35 Budget for 2017-2018
I am an Eliot resident and have two children, grades 2 and 6 in our schools. What
SPECIFICALLY can we do or say as parents and community members when calling or
writing Governor LePage and other elected officials to urge them not to make these cuts?
We can stand together as a community and call upon the Legislature to honor the EPS
funding formula as currently enacted and restore some or all of the $769,000 in proposed
reduced subsidy to MSAD 35 so that we can restore our teaching positions and related
services first ~ essentially continuing our district’s commitment to placing our children
Some Thoughts to Consider
Under the Governor’s proposed budget, MSAD 35 would see a reduction in state subsidy
of $769,000! The largest area of reduction is in the district’s subsidy for system
administration, which will see a loss of $540,000. System administration involves paying
for the infrastructure to operate a school district. This means that the costs for human
resource management, payroll, accounts payable services as well as the services that
create and monitor the district’s annual budget would now be born solely by the
This shift from the state onto local taxpayers of essential services is very similar to what
happened four years ago in FY 14 when the state transferred a portion of the cost of
teacher retirement benefits onto local taxpayers costing our district $353,000. These
costs have steadily risen for the past four years for our district from $0 in FY13 to a
staggering $603,000 in FY18!
If you would like to express your thoughts about the proposed reduction in state
subsidy, contact your elected state officials [see the attached list].
Points for Elected Officials to Consider:
• The Governor’s proposed budget reflects a reduction of state subsidy for MSAD 35
• MSAD 35 is a historically efficient and high performing district where the district’s
per pupil cost is consistently lower than the state’s per pupil cost and where MHS is
listed as the 8th best high school in Maine, BUT, we are at a tipping point with the
proposed reduction in state subsidy.
• This $769,000 reduction will impact every single student in our district next year by
increasing class sizes K-12.
• Honor the EPS funding formula as currently enacted and return to MSAD 35 some or
all of the reduced subsidy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Maine Legislative Email & Phone Contact Information
Eliot & South Berwick
Elected State Legislative Officials for Eliot & South Berwick
Senate District 35 – Dawn Hill (D-York)
Representative Lawrence, Mark W. (D-South Berwick and Eliot)
Representative Parker, Jennifer Ellen (D-South Berwick)
Education and Cultural Affairs Committee Co-Chairs
Senator Brian Langley (R-Ellsworth) Co-Chair Brian.Langley@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Victoria P. Kornfield (D-Bangor) Victoria.Kornfield@legislature.maine.gov
Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee Co-Chairs
Senator James Hamper (R-Oxford) James.Hamper@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook) Andrew.Gattine@legislature.maine.gov