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Working Towards a School Solution – It Takes a Village

By Nick McGee (Chair) & April Sither (Vice Chair), Town Council

After the failed school referendum in November 2023, Town Council and School Board leadership knew that we had a responsibility to lead our community through the contentious time and toward a solution for our school facility needs. In early 2024, the Town Council and School Board unanimously approved the formation of a School Building Advisory Committee (SBAC), which was open to any resident (18 years or older) who wished to join. Within a few weeks, more than 70 individuals had signed up.

June 15, 2024 Newsletter

Time seems to fly by, but a lot happens along the way! This month we wish a happy retirement to a longtime public safety employee and welcome a new Marine Resource Officer to protect our waters. We’re also nearing the completion of the School Building Advisory Committee charge—they reveal their four concepts and will present to the Board of Education on June 27. Read on for other noteworthy dates (Concerts in the Park, short term rental workshop, etc.) and for an overview of current happenings. As always, we hope you stay engaged by following our meetings, reaching out to councilors, and sharing this news with neighbors. Happy summer!

North Scarborough Road Projects

The North Scarborough area of town will undergo road work beginning summer 2024. Four distinct projects are being aligned to minimize disruptions on the area and maximize efficiencies. Combined, the projects’ goal is to make the current infrastructure as efficient as possible without having to increase the capacity of the roadways.

A Budget Worth Voting For

By April Sither, Town Council 

The FY25 budget marks my sixth as an elected official. In that time I have served on the School Board finance committee twice and the Town Council finance committee twice, once as a reluctant chair. I have voted in favor of budgets that I didn’t like because I appreciated the compromise it took to get there. This year was no exception. The budget put forth by the Town and School Department will result in a projected 1.5% increase in the tax rate - half of our well established 3% goal.

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