Portland Mayor and superintendent say school budget cuts due to state cuts

4:55 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide on a $96-million school budget for FY 2014.

Mayor Michael Brennan joined superintendent Emmanuel Caulk at the East End Elementary School on Monday to urge voters to approve the budget.

It eliminates nearly 50 staff positions, but Caulk says it finds a healthy balance of maintaining core classes, after school programs, and it leaves the arts and languages unaffected.

Mayor Brennan says the struggle with this budget has been the loss of state funding; the state subsidy to the city's schools has decreased over the last three years by 3.5 million dollars.

Polling places will be open from 7am to 8pm.  For more information about voting in the city, click here

To view the FY 2014 budget, click here.


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