Projected savings and central office reduction from submitted reorganization plans (1/30/2009)

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Central office administrations before and after reorganization votes:

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County

Approved configuration

Existing central offices

Number of

central offices

before

Number of

central offices

after

Net administrative consolidation of central offices

Projected savings

itemized in plans

Androscoggin

Poland, Minot, Mechanic Falls (Union 29)

 

*Union 29 (Poland, Minot, Mechanic Falls)

Dennis Duquette

1

1

0

$257,000

$290,000

???

Androscoggin. Kennebec

Sabattus, Wales, Litchfield, Oak Hill CSD (Union 44)

*School Union 44 (Litchfield, Sabattus, Wales)

Robert Connors

*Oak Hill CSD

Robert Connors, Superintendent

1

1

0

not itemized

Aroostook

Caribou, Stockholm, Limestone (part Union 122)

*Caribou School Department

Frank McElwain, Superintendent;

*Limestone School Department

Frank McElwain

*Stockholm School Department –part of Union 122)

John Hedman,

2

1

-1

-$100,000*

$355,400*

$192,454*

Cumberland

Raymond, Windham

*Raymond School Department

Sandra Caldwell Denniston

*Windham School Department

Sanford Prince

2

1

-1

--$100,000

$200,000

$200,000

Cumberland, Androscoggin

Freeport, MSAD 62 (Pownal), Durham (part Union 30)

*Freeport School Department

Elaine Tomaszewski

*MSAD 62

Elaine Tomaszewski

*Durham School Department

Shannon Welsh

2

1

-1

0

Hancock

Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert, Bar Harbor, Tremont, Mt Desert CSD, Frenchboro, MSAD 76 (Swans Island), Cranberry Isles (Union 98), Trenton

*Union 98

Rob Liebow

1

1

0

0

Hancock

Ellsworth, Hancock, Lamoine, Mariaville, MSAD 26 (Eastbrook, Waltham) (part Union 92), Peninsula CSD (Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor), Schoodic CSD (Sorrento, Sullivan), Flanders Bay CSD, Steuben, Franklin, Winter Harbor, Gouldsboro, Sullivan, Sorrento (Union 96)

*Ellsworth School Department

Wayne Enman

*School Union 96 (Gouldsboro, Steuben, Winter Harbor)

William Webster

*Flanders Bay CSD

William Webster,

*Franklin School Department

Henry Ashmore,

*School Union 92 (Hancock, Lamoine, Mariaville, Otis, Surry, Trenton)

James Boothby

*MSAD 26

James Boothby

4

1

-3

$225,000

$225,000

$225,000

Hancock

Bucksport, Orland, MSAD 18 (Prospect, Verona)

*Bucksport School Department

James Boothby

*MSAD 18

James Boothby, Superintendent

1

1

0

$70,000

$70,000

$70,000

Kennebec

Waterville, Vassalboro, Winslow (Union 52)

* Waterville Public Schools

Eric Haley,

*Union 52 (Vassalboro, Winslow, China)

Hugh Riordan,

2

1

-1

-$50,000

$125,000

$125,000

Kennebec

MSAD 47 (Belgrade, Oakland, Sidney, Rome), China

*Union 52 (Vassalboro, Winslow, China)

Hugh Riordan,

*MSAD 47

James Morse

1

1

0

$123,000

Kennebec, Sagadahoc, Lincoln

MSAD 16 (Farmingdale, Hallowell), Monmouth, Dresden, Richmond

* MSAD 16

Donald Siviski,

*Monmouth School Department

Leon Duff

*Dresden School Department

Richard Cote

*Richmond School Department

Martha Witham,

4

1

-3

0

Knox

MSAD 5 (Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston), MSAD 50 (Cushing, Saint George, Thomaston)

*MSAD 05

Judith Lucarelli

MSAD 50

Judith Harvey

2

1

-1

$55,000

$238,000

$238,000

Lincoln

Great Salt Bay CSD (Bremen, Damariscotta, Newcastle), Bristol , Jefferson, Nobleboro, South Bristol

*Great Salt Bay CSD

Robert Bouchard

* School Union 74 (Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Newcastle, Nobleboro, So. Bristol)

Robert Bouchard

*School Union 132 (Chelsea, Jefferson, Whitefield)

Frank Boynton

1

1

0

0

0

$75,000*

Lincoln, Sagadahoc

Kennebec

Alna, Wiscasset, Westport Island, Palermo, Somerville, Whitefield, Windsor (Union 133, part Union 132), Chelsea

*School Union 132 (Chelsea, Jefferson, Whitefield)

Frank Boynton

*Alna School Department

Jay McIntire

*Wiscasset School Department

Jay McIntire

*School Union 133 (Palermo, Somerville, Windsor)

Greg Potter

3

1

-2

not itemized

(-2.5 FTE, offset by merger costs)

Oxford

MSAD 21 (Canton, Carthage, Dixfield, Peru), MSAD 39 (Buckfield, Hartford, Sumner), MSAD 43 (Byron, Mexico, Roxbury, Rumford), Hanover

*MSAD 21

Thomas Ward

*MSAD 39

Richard Colpitts

*MSAD 43

James Hodgkin

3

1

-2

$277,000 over

3-years

 

($92,000/year)

Penobscot

Alton, Bradley, Old Town

*School Union 90 (Alton, Bradley, Greenbush, Milford)

Alan Smith

*Old Town School Department

David Walker

2

1

-1

not itemized

Penobscot

Orono, Glenburn, Veazie

*School Union 87 (Orono, Veazie)

Kelley Clenchy

*Glenburn School Department

Douglas Smith

2

1

-1

$84,735

$150.735

$215,000

Penobscot, Somerset

MSAD 38 (Dixmont, Etna), MSAD 48 (Corinna, Hartland, Newport, Palmyra, Plymouth, Saint Albans)

*MSAD 38

John Backus

*MSAD 48

William Braun

2

1

-1

$17,000

$20,000

?

Waldo

MSAD 34 (Belfast, Belmont, Morrill, Northport, Searsmont, Swanville), MSAD 56 (Frankfort, Searsport, Stockton Springs)

*MSAD 34

Bruce Mailloux

*MSAD 56

Raymond Freve

2

1

-1

$54,000

-$250,000

$40,000

York

MSAD 71 (Kennebunk, Kennebunkport), Arundel

*MSAD 71

Patrick Manuel

*Arundel School Department

Alton Hadley

2

1

-1

$75,000

-$700,000

 

York

Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Dayton (Union 7)

*School Union 7 (Dayton, Saco)

Michael LaFortune

* Old Orchard Beach School Dept

Jack Turcotte

2

1

-1

$220,000

$220,000

$220,000

Kennebec

Manchester, Mount Vernon, Readfield, Wayne (Maranacook CSD)

*Maranacook CSD

Richard Abramson

*School Union 42 (Manchester, Mount Vernon, Readfield, Wayne)

Richard Abramson

1

1

0

$384,500*

$384,500*

$384,500*

Penobscot

MSAD 67 (Chester, Lincoln, Mattawamkeag)

*MSAD 67

Michael Marcinkus

1

1

0

0

 

 

Totals:

43

23

20

$4,905,824

(for three years)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$1,635,275

average

per year

* full estimated savings for regions where voters did not approve full reorganization

Real world savings

Brian does great work and analysis on this site. In this case, however, the “back-of-the-envelope calculations” from back in January are in the process of being replaced by real-world events. Two or three months ago, RSU 24, based in Ellsworth, cut its insurance bill in half, saving over $80,000 just on that. Since then, the savings have grown to over $400,000, according to Bill Webster, the superintendent. RSU 10 in the western mountains has already saved more than $600,000 – that’s annual savings – and Superintendent Tom Ward is confident more savings will be found in years 2 and 3.

RSU 1, which was formed a year before everyone else, is saving more than $1 million annually. Not every district will have the same results, and not all in year one. But it’s clear that in the areas where the focus was on creating equity in educational opportunities for students, the savings are following. We are only three months into the new districts and already nearly every RSU that has formed is telling us they are on the path to savings, with more expected.

Savings from Insurance Shouldn't Count

The Governor and Legislature booked $36 million in school reorganization "savings" in 2007 because - in theory - consolidating central office staff would mean lower administrative costs. Indeed, the DoE's own website calls the whole project, "School Administrative Reorganization". Savings on insurance, nice though they may be, hardly qualify as being part of what was expected or anticipated. I hope the DoE will provide additional details on what the savings in the districts Mr. Connerty-Marin cites are so we can gauge them against what was promised.