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Council holds the line at 1.4-mil increase

By Natalie De La Garza
Staff Writer
    CARIBOU — Four of six councilors are staunchly against a mil increase that surpasses 1.4 mils, which led the council to reject the proposed income budget during their April 14 meeting.
    “I supported a budget that the council approved in December with a 1.4-mil increase, and I hate to see the line moving in the sand all the time,” Councilor David Martin said. “I’m saying that’s all I’m going to support, so if there are other councilors who feel like I do, you should probably be thinking about making cuts if you need to.”
    City Manager Austin Bleess emphasized that it was still too early to discuss an accurate mil rate for 2014 as there are
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School board cuts staff to balance budget

By Natalie De La Garza
Staff Writer
    CARIBOU — In an attempt to close a looming budget gap and maximize state funding, RSU 39 school board members have eliminated 15 and a half staffing positions in four schools.
    Superintendent Frank McElwain explained to the board that with decreased state funding and increased expenses, “we have this big gap and not at a time when we can go to the local taxpayers and ask for a significant increase in money.”
    He also mentioned that the proposed elimination of positions came about after deep and thorough conversations about the budget, and the recommendation had been given by the finance committee in respect to the budget shortfall and long-term fina
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Students raise $15,155 for the American Heart Association

NE-jumprope-dc1-ar-17-clrAroostook Republican photo/Natalie De La Garza
    Anna Thibodeau carefully poured slime on the head of fifth-grade teacher Lorinda Duncan, dressed as Princess Duck, as Landon Thompson splashes slime into the lap of Principal Steve Austin, dressed as Mr. Cool Duck. This year’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser had a very ducky theme, as students earned ducks by donating funds or participating online.

By Natalie De La Garza
Staff Writer
    CARIBOU — Over $15,000 was raised by elementary students at Teague Park in the 11th annual Jump Rope for Heart event to benefit the American Heart Association and set a new school record.
    The school also had a very special Heart Ambassador for Teague Park, fi
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Caswell man dies crossing flooded road

NE-FloodDeath-DCX-AR-17Photo Contributed by Maine Warden Service
    Wardens Gary Sibley, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Alan Dudley search flood waters for Paul Oliver, 74, of Caswell last Wednesday. Oliver was reported missing just after 9:30 p.m. on April 15. His body was recovered at approximately 5:35 a.m. the following day.

By Theron Larkins
Staff Writer
    CASWELL — A Caswell man has died after trying to walk across a flooded roadway.
    Paul Oliver, 74, was reported missing just after 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 after moving his truck across a flooded portion of Oliver Road in Caswell, according to a press release from the Maine Warden Service. Oliver then attempted to walk back across the flooded dirt roadway to his

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Union 122 seeks increased transparency through community involvement

By Theron Larkins
Staff Writer
    NEW SWEDEN — School board Union 122 met at the New Sweden Consolidated School on April 17, for their regular meeting. Community involvement was the major issue stressed by the board at Thursday’s meeting, as a handful of faculty members from New Sweden School sat in on the meeting after being urged by board members to attend.
    Unfortunately, a number of board members were unable to attend, leaving the board just below the necessary number of members to establish a quorum able to vote matters on the agenda. Therefore, the meeting became more of a think tank, where board members deliberated amongst each other, while also receiving vital input from those community members abl
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The PDF Version of Aroostook Republican is available for download

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