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MSAD 15 Preliminary FY 20 Budget Document Posted Online

The MSAD 15 budget process has gained steam with the recent release of a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2019-20. The March 20 budget presentation, posted online, proposes a $1.1 million increase for the Gray-New Gloucester district, up some 3.98% over the current budget of $26.7 million. 

Increases in salaries, health insurance, and technology are among the principal factors cited as driving added costs.  The budget document also outlines possible staffing adjustments in response to changing needs and enrollments, and notes areas of anticipated savings, along with open questions as the budget review process continues and Augusta weighs in.

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Former GNG bus driver pleads “no contest” to slapping student with autism

A bus driver accused of slapping a student with autism returned to court Wednesday.

Raymond Files is a former bus driver from MSAD 15, which includes Gray and New Gloucester. He was fired last August after a witness and a security camera caught him striking Bradley Seavey, a 19-year-old non-verbal boy with autism.
Keep reading and view video on NewsCenterMaine.

GNG Patriots control Trojans, recapture Class B throne

The Lady Patriots made their post-season run this winter look – as ludicrous as this sounds, and as far as it’s even possible – borderline routine.

Sure, sure, they faced worthy opponents, including Mount Desert Island, the North reps in Saturday, March 2’s Class B Championship bout, but even the Trojans only managed to lead briefly against G-NG, who prevailed in the end by a casual-seeming 43-30. Keep reading Adam Birt’s article in KeepMeCurrent.

Way to Go, New Gloucester!

Sometimes you gotta’ talk about what’s going RIGHT in a town! There are plenty of things in New Gloucester to get citizens riled up – but there is a lot to be really proud of. What brought this to mind was two weekends with great events.

The first weekend was the double-shot of fun provided by the wine tasting at the Village Store, followed by the Coffee House created and hosted by Michael and Julie Fralich at the Congregational Church, a short walk away. Continue reading

Bill to limit ‘obscene material’ in classrooms draws passionate testimony

Rep. Amy Arata of New Gloucester wants to require teachers to obtain consent from parents before using classroom material with ‘obscene content,’ but opponents say decisions are best left to local school boards. Keep reading Kevin Miller’s article in the Portland Press Herald.

Sens. Claxton and Breen welcome GNG Band to State House

AUGUSTA — Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, and Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, welcomed the Gray-New Gloucester High School Band to the Maine State House on Thursday. The band performed the National Anthem at the start of the day’s legislative session.

The National Anthem is played by various groups and individuals from around the state at the start of each legislative session. To make a recommendation for a National Anthem performer, contact Sen. Claxton and Sen. Breen’s office at (207) 287-1515.

Gray-New Gloucester High School teacher turns midterm into ‘escape room’

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER (WGME) — Lots of high school students are going through midterms this month.

It can be a stressful time, but at Gray-New Gloucester High School there’s a teacher who has implemented a creative and fun way to find out how much her students learned in the first semester. Keep reading on WGME’s web site.

Arata takes on school use of obscene novel

NEW GLOUCESTER — A recently-elected state representative is seeking to prohibit the dissemination of “obscene materials” in public schools after reading a book that was assigned to her son in high school.

Rep. Amy Arata, R-New Gloucester, who was elected in November, read Haruki Murakami’s 2002 novel “Kafka on the Shore” when her son brought it home as a senior. Keep reading Jane Vaughn’s article in the Lakes Region Weekly.

PPH: New Gloucester lawmaker seeks to ban ‘obscene’ material from public schools

AUGUSTA — When her teenage son came home from school toting a book titled “Kafka on the Shore,” Amy Arata of New Gloucester decided she ought to give it a read.

What she found within the pages of the 2002 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami appalled her.Keep reading in the Portland Press Herald.

NG Rx: An Occasional Column About New Gloucester Governance

THEY SAID YES, BUT…

So on October 15 the New Gloucester BOS voted to send the question of whether or not the town wants to start the process of creating a Town Charter to the voters.

ARE YE FOR OR AGIN?

One thing everyone agreed on at the meeting was that there will have to be a lot of education done on what a town Charter is before New Gloucester voters decide next June whether to start the process.

Peter Bragdon, one of the town residents who asked the BOS to put the question to the people rather than require the original interested group to collect 600+ signatures to force the issue, explained that he himself had been against a town charter for years – till learning more about what that meant. “I had incorrect information,” he told the BOS. “Now I am for a charter.” Continue reading