RSU 3 voters approve $19.4M school budget
Residents in Regional School Unit 3 voted to approve a $19.4 million school budget for the 2014-2015 year.
According to results from the towns, the budget was approved by a vote of 662 in favor to 396 opposed.
By town, Brooks voted in favor of the budget 63 to 39 opposed; Freedom voted 47 in favor to 27 opposed; Jackson voted 35 in favor to 13 opposed; Knox voted 31 in favor to 43 opposed; Liberty voted 85 in favor to 50 opposed; Monroe voted 74 in favor to 28 opposed; Montville voted 70 in favor to 43 opposed; Thorndike voted 40 in favor to 46 opposed; Troy voted 64 in favor to 37 opposed; Unity voted 106 in favor to 55 opposed; and Waldo voted 47 in favor to 15 opposed.
District officials proposed a total budget for the 2014-2015 school year of $19,417,500, which represents an increase of 1.03 percent over the 2013-2014 budget.
Assessments across the 11 town district will increase $61,362 or about 0.89 percent. The minimum mill contribution for fiscal year 2015 is expected to increase from 7.69 to 8.1.
The 2014-2015 budget includes funding for a foreign language software program; increased costs for out-of-district placement for special education students; support for the middle school summer school program; support for The Game Loft and Hactivate after school programs; a library educational technician III; an increase in the superintendent's secretary's hours from six to seven hours per day; and the addition of a restorative justice program at Troy Central School and Walker Elementary School, according to previously published reports.
Cuts in the budget include the elimination of the indoor track program at the high school and a part time 504 educational technician III position.