SAD 1 to provide business services to SAD 42

12 years ago

SAD 1 to provide business services to SAD 42

By Scott Mitchell Johnson

Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE — When voters in Blaine, Bridgewater, Mars Hill and Fort Fairfield voted in March to dissolve AOS 99 (Mid-County School District) and revert back to their previous structures, SAD 42 (Mars Hill/Blaine) was left without a business office.

    However at the May 9 SAD 1 board meeting, directors approved a service provider agreement for SAD 1 to provide financial accounting and reporting services to the Mars Hill school system.

    In addressing the SAD 1 board, Roger Shaw, SAD 42 superintendent, said his present office has “limited capacity” to do much more than accounts payable.

    “We do not handle payroll,” he said, “and after talking to Dr. [Gehrig] Johnson and Charles Anderson, business manager, we floated the idea of whether SAD 1 would be willing to absorb the business function of SAD 42.

    “It is strictly a business office request for services,” said Shaw. “The timing seems right. We’re all struggling with dwindling finances, and it’s important that we do the best job that we can with the available resources and manage what resources we do have so that we can put as much of that toward the education of our students as possible. I’m confident that if you approve this agreement, it will be well received and appreciated in my community.”

    Anderson assured directors that the business office could handle the additional workload.

    “Internally we can absorb the work,” he said. “It won’t adversely affect SAD 1’s business function.”

    Johnson said the business services that will be provided by SAD 1 will be handled locally without personnel traveling to Mars Hill.

    “We can set up a terminal here,” he said, “and there would be one or more people in the business office who would be responsible for that function, and it would be completed after business hours.”

    As part of the service provider agreement, SAD 42 will pay SAD 1 an annual provider fee of $12,500 for the non-instructional services provided. SAD 42 would also pay the actual cost of the specific services the district will provide.

    Either party may terminate the agreement upon 60 days’ written notice to the other party.

    Johnson added, “This is school consolidation by mutual agreement and not by mandate from Augusta.”

    SAD 42’s request for business office services was unanimously approved by the board.

    Also at the May board meeting, three transfers were announced for next year. Christi Doyen and Sharlet Bishop will both be transferring from sixth grade math and science at Presque Isle Middle School to third grade at Zippel Elementary School, while Melissa Leavitt will be transferred from special education at Zippel to special education full time at PIMS.

    Directors also accepted the resignation of Peggy Kelley, a sixth-grade English/social studies teacher at PIMS, who will be retiring at the end of the school year.

    In addition, board members hired LeRae Kinney as a social studies teacher at Presque Isle High School and Katalin Grooms as a math teacher at PIHS.

    The next SAD 1 board meeting will be held Wednesday, June 13 at 5 p.m. at the board conference room at PIHS.