In the March 12 Press Herald, there is an article about the proposed school budget for 2014-2015, calling for a 4.5 percent increase in spending over the budget approved last year (“After years of cutting, Portland school budget seeks to bolster staff”).

Casco Bay High, our expeditionary school, is targeted to get a 12.4 percent increase in spending. It is my understanding that this school was founded with seed money from the Gates Foundation, which has since dried up. The financial burden for its operation now falls on Portland taxpayers.

Taxpayers already fund two fine traditional high schools: Portland and Deering. Why should we be funding a third high school in these trying economic times?

I would suggest that those advocates of the expeditionary (alternative) school go on an expedition to find alternative sources of revenue to fund the school instead of increasing property taxes.

Jack Moran




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