Voters from the 11 towns of Regional School Unit 3 are scheduled to consider the district’s 2011-12 budget at the annual district budget meeting, Wednesday, May 25, at the Mount View Middle School gymnasium.

According to Superintendent Heather Perry, the budget approved by the school board is down $150,000 from last year. Due to an increase in the minimum mill expectation that figures in the state’s Essential Programs and Services funding formula, however, the local share would be up $25,000 district-wide, an increase of 0.5 percent, if voters approve the budget as it is presented.

The major obstacle in this year’s budget, Perry said, was the loss of $900,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which expired this year. In order to make up the shortfall, the district cut a number of positions, Perry said, including six literacy coaches, who were hired with ARRA funds.

The district added several positions in the new budget, including a school resource officer and a computer hardware technician, Perry said.

The district meeting is scheduled to open with a public hearing on the Mount View Complex construction project at 6:30 p.m., followed by discussion of the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget at 7 p.m.

Perry will give an overview of the proposed budget, followed by a brief question-and-answer period. The board chairperson will then open the district budget meeting with the election of a moderator, who will lead those assembled through discussion and approval of the 19 required articles.

All citizens from the towns of Brooks, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Monroe, Montville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity and Waldo are invited to attend the district budget meeting.

Voters will be asked to validate the results of the district budget meeting Tuesday, June 14, through a referendum vote. Polling places will be open during regular polling hours at all regular polling places (voters should contact their respective town officials for specific voting locations).

If the majority of voters vote “no,” the proposed budget will have to go back to the RSU 3 school board for adjustments, and the process will need to be repeated until the budget is approved at both a district budget meeting and by voters at a referendum.

According to a press release from the superintendent’s office, budget booklets outlining the highlights of the proposed budget were sent out to all towns earlier this month. Residents can also view the proposed budget by going to the district’s website — msad3.org — and clicking on the “School Board” link to the left.

For questions, contact Superintendent Perry by phone at 948-6136, option #8 or email, hperry@rsu3.org.