Hearings held, few come

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MEXICO — The 2010-11 budgets for Vocational Region 9 secondary and adult and community education were presented at public hearings Monday night at Telstar High School in Bethel and the Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico.

Vocational school director Brenda Gammon said she and several board members presented information on the $2 million secondary education budget, which is up about 1.4 percent from this year. The adult and community education budget of $279,173 is down about 6 percent from this year.

She said much of the hike for the secondary budget can be attributed to contracting with Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 for technical support at a cost of $22,000. The vocational school often has to rely on calling out of the area for help when a computer goes down.

“Everything is computerized in the building,” she said.

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The adult and community education budget is down because child care costs for adult education students have been eliminated and a couple of accounts were moved into the general Region 9 budget.

A special meeting of the Region 9 board will be held at 7 p.m. May 4 to sign the warrant. The budgets will be voted on by residents of the 17-town vocational district at 6:30 p.m. May 18 at the River Road school.

eadams@sunjournal.com

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