Voters in Regional School Unit 3 headed to the polls for the annual school budget validation today. As well, four at-large seats on the RSU's Board of Directors were chosen.

The total budget of $20,230,000 is $8,000 less than what was approved last year, or a .04% drop.

RSU 3 Superintendent Paul Austin said state funding was reduced this year by $346,893 compared to last year because of declining student enrollment, an increase in property values and a decline in students requiring special education services.

To make up for this gap, he said, the district eliminated the Mount View High and Middle School athletic director position, one general and one special education teacher at the high school, and three currently unfilled education technician positions.

The Board of Directors added a new nursing assistant position to support nursing staff in meeting the medical needs of students across the district.

The budget also includes an assessment of $12,049 for the Waldo County Technical Center, which was not required last year. The additional assessment is to help fund the portion of the WCTC budget not covered by the Maine Department of Education subsidy.

Brooks, Jackson, Troy and Waldo all had board members with terms expiring this year. Frank Champa of Brooks, Lisa Cooley of Jackson, Terri Church and Mark Rollins, both of Troy, all were on the ballot.

No candidate returned papers in Waldo. At 11 p.m. Tuesday, it remained unclear which write-in candidate had collected the most votes.

Voting results from each town will be updated as they are received.