Voters Approve Supplemental Budget
By a margin of 85 percent, voters approved a $1.9 million supplemental budget for the Portland Public Schools in a referendum on September 4, 2013. The final vote tally was 1338 in favor and 243 against. Read more.
City Council Approves Supplemental Budget, Sets Referendum for Sept. 4
The Portland City Council voted unanimously on August 5, 2013 to approve plans for the Portland Public Schools to spend an additional $1.9 million in state aid during Fiscal Year 2014. The money will cover teacher retirement expenses and charter school costs, restore some essential positions that were cut earlier this year and add positions that will enhance student learning. Read more.
Board Seeks Referendum on Budget Changes
The Portland Board of Public Education voted on July 23, 2013 to request that the Portland City Council hold a public referendum on changes to the FY 2014 budget. Read more.
Votes Approve FY 2014 Budget
Portland voters approved a $96,360,549 budget for the Portland Public Schools for FY 2014 in a referendum on May 14. .The vote was 1,347 in favor and 914 opposed. See a statement by Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk about the referendum results. Voters also decided, by a margin of 1261 to 996, to continue voting on the school budget for the next three years.
Council Approves $96.4 Million Budget
The Portland City Council has approved a $96,360,549 budget for the Portland Public Schools for the 2013-2014 school year. Learn more about the budget.
Superintendent Presents FY 2014 Budget
Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk has presented a $98.9 million budget for Fiscal Year 2014 that preserves core academic programs while minimizing the budget’s impact on local property taxes. He also has proposed $1.5 million in additional cuts, for a target budget of $97.4 million. Read more.
State Curtailment Forces Cuts
The Portland Public Schools has come up with a plan to cut $870,089 from its current-year operating budget. The cuts are in response to a curtailment order issued by Governor Paul LePage in December that eliminates $12.6 million in General Purpose Aid to Maine schools. This week the Maine Legislature’s Appropriations Committee approved that order, and it now awaits final action by the full legislature. Read more.