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***Auburn, ME: "The number of young students with autism is rising"--so are the costs!

Mar 21, 2019, Lewiston (ME) Sun Journal: Preliminary Auburn school budget up $2 million over last year https://www.sunjournal.com/2019/03/21/preliminary-auburn-school-budget-up-2-million-over-last-year/ AUBURN — The School Department budget for 2019-20 is $2 million higher than this year’s, as proposed by Superintendent Katy Grondin. The proposed budget is $45.69 million, up from $43.69 million. If passed as proposed, the impact on property taxes would be a 2.69 percent increase. For a property valued at $150,000, the annual tax hike would be $36.96, according to Business Manager Adam Hanson. … The number of young students with autism is rising. Last year Auburn had to place eight incoming kindergarten students out of district at a cost of $298,383. Of the eight, seven had autism. In the fall of 2018, Auburn placed four incoming kindergarten students with autism at an estimated cost of $260,763. In both years those costs were unanticipated, Grondin said. The School Committee has asked for a way to reduce the number of Auburn students sent out of district. “This is our proposal,” Grondin said.