Belmont residents approved a request to pursue withdrawing from Regional School Unit 20 by a vote of 313 in favor to 174 against.

Residents previously voted in favor of pursuing withdrawal 16 to 4 in September, but because the vote was not done by ballot referendum, the state ruled the results invalid. Belmont is now required to form a four-person committee to create a withdrawal plan.

Belmont is the last municipality of the former School Administrative District 34 to vote on withdrawal. The town joins Belfast, Morrill, Northport, Searsmont and Swanville in voting in favor of withdrawal.

A draft of a withdrawal plan created by the Belfast committee with input from Morrill, Northport, Searsmont and Swanville was written to include Belmont. The Belfast withdrawal committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall.

In other RSU 20 election news, voters in Belfast chose to return Alan Wood to the Regional School Unit 20 Board of Directors, and elected newcomer Jason Perkins as well. Neither spot on the board was contested.

Perkins received 1,843 votes and Wood collected 1,730.

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