Positions Cut 

Now that the state’s plan is in place, schools across our state re-evaluating their budgets, and face some tough decisions.

MSAD 47, serving Oakland, Sidney and Belgrade may wind up losing as many as fifteen positions.

Wednesday night the Messalonskee School Board will decide whether to approve the cuts.

The first five positions are teaching jobs, which have already been cut through teachers resigning or retiring.

Superintendent Dr. Jim Morse has 10 more positions for the board to look over.

They come from different departments including transportation, food service, educational technology, the grounds crew, and administration.

Morse says one Ed Tech would be affected, but no other teachers are in danger of losing their jobs.

An administrative position in the high school as well as three secretaries may also be part of these cuts.

Morse blames a variety of things on why the changes need to be made.

While the district will get more than 12 and a half million from the state, which is about 100 thousand more than last year – the school budget is losing about a half million from what they’ve typically received in the past.