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Trenton, ME: SPED needs increasing for town with pop. 1,500.

Feb 3, 2020, Mount Desert Islander, Trenton, ME: Trenton school budget continues upward trend School officials have whittled downs next year’s proposed budget for Trenton Elementary School to $3.35 million, which is about 8 percent higher than the budget for the current year. Because of several factors, including a projected 34 percent reduction in carryover funds from this year to next, the budget would boost the local tax assessment by 12.3 percent. That would increase the tax bill on each $100,000 of property valuation by about $130. About $78,000 of that increase would cover the salary and benefits for a third special education teacher. Principal Mike Zboray said Trenton Elementary has had three special education teachers in the past and now needs that many again. The school expects to have at least two new special needs students next year, which also would require increasing the number of educational technician, or ed tech, positions in special education to seven and a half at a cost of about $48,000…. The tuition that Trenton pays for students to attend high school is expected to total $876,860 next year, with another $115,912 for Trenton high school students needing special education services….


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