Voice your opinion Dec. 3. One board member voted no, saying it's not needed; others said the district should put aside money in preparation for big expenditures coming due--especially teacher pensions.
Because the district's demographics are changing with more low-income students arriving, test scores were expected to drop. However, they held steady.
Changes are most pronounced at Maine East, but all three high schools--including Maine West and South--follow the trend. Overall enrollment is down slightly.
Class of 2012 students at Maine East High School struggled a little, but still outperformed the state and nation on the ACT
. Maine West and South scored higher in certain subjects.
Parents in D-63 recently received letters saying 5 of 7 schools are not making 'adequate yearly progress' under the NCLB law. But educators say the schools are performing well--it's the law that's flawed.
Plan projects more in property taxes because of early tax bills
Back to School
This is the first year residency documentation has been required in this way.
Gifted Maine East musician Jessica Bienarz's parents gave up professional careers in Europe, and her dad works three jobs. That's only the start of the sacrifices they made for her education.
In its proposed budget, taxpayers will pay more, though it also benefits from casino revenue. It also will spend less, due to two programs being cut. District residents can voice their opinions.
Common goal: avoid the financial chaos that led to laying off 137 employees two years ago.
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