Voters in the two towns that comprise Regional School Unit 20 approved a $10.1 million budget June 13 for the 2017-18 school year.

In Searsport, the budget passed by a vote of 103 in favor to 27 opposed. Neighboring Stockton Springs also approved the budget with a vote of 222 in favor to 149 opposed.

The $10,097,616 budget for next year represents a 0.54-percent increase, or $53,756, in expenditures over the current year's budget. Searsport will see a 2.78-percent increase in its local share, while neighboring Stockton Springs' portion of the bill will increase 3.84 percent.

Reductions in the budget include eliminating a school bus, changing a half-time maintenance position to a contracted service and nixing a Head Start fee. Also, Superintendent Chris Downing's position is being reduced from full-time to three days per week.

There are a few additions to the budget, including a day treatment program and an alternative education program.

The budget cruised through a May 31 public hearing without any changes and little input from attendees.

Directors certified the results of the vote at their June 14 meeting.