|By Nick Sambides Jr., Bangor Daily News, Maine|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Two full-time and unfilled art and English as a Second Language teachers' positions will all be cut to half-time to conform with an overall plan the town council initiated in late May to cut
Councilors were responding to the loss of papermaking equipment owned by
Boynton, who started work as superintendent on
"I am extremely proud of the school staff for doing this," Boynton said Thursday. "This was a plan that we worked on as a team. It was nothing that I or they came forward on. We had discussions on three pathways. The effort here was to retain jobs and we were going to work together to make this happen. it was a real team effort."
"Every area of the budget has seen some level of reduction in an effort to balance the budget, while maintaining the integrity of instruction," Boynton added in a statement released Thursday. "As always, the needs of the educational program for the students come first."
Efforts to contact school board Chairman
Prior to Boynton's arrival, the board had already cut
The wage freeze, a one-year moratorium on teachers' tuition reimbursements and the loss of varsity assistant coaches in football, field hockey, baseball, softball, field hockey, drama, math league, and boys' and girls' junior varsity basketball total about
The wage increase was part of the union's 2014-15 contract.
Daigle said she hoped that a positive response from voters in a school budget validation vote on
"Communications have been very positive and very open," Daigle said Thursday. "It is good to know that instead of struggling with one another we can maybe put our heads together and work out a strategy that works for the people."
"This is merely an appetizer to where we are going to be next year," added Daigle.
The best news out of the cuts might be the saving of
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