FARMINGTON — Regional School Unit 9 voters passed a $35.5 million budget Tuesday by a vote of 1,552 to 1,174.
The budget for 2018-19 is $1.91 million, or 5.68 percent more than this fiscal year. The spending plan covers education for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and adult education.
The spending plan includes $461,403 for a kindergarten through fifth-grade alternative education program, to be known as Pathway for All Learners.
The program’s goal is to allow behaviorally challenged students to develop the skills to participate fully in general education classrooms.
The budget requires district taxpayers to raise $13.48 million, a $792,890 increase.
It took four tries last year to pass a budget. It finally passed in October.
Voters in five towns approved the budget, while five towns rejected it.
Voting results by town:
• Chesterville: 71 yes, 158 no.
• Farmington: 690 yes, 329 no.
• Industry: 74 yes, 65 no.
• New Sharon: 119 yes, 161 no.
• New Vineyard: 34 yes, 82 no.
• Starks: 83 yes, 15 no.
• Temple: 64 yes, 56 no.
• Vienna: 69 yes, 30 no
• Weld: 31 yes, 41 no.
• Wilton: 317 yes, 237 n0.
Tom Taylor of Farmington, standing, checks with Diana Young to get a ballot to vote on the Regional School Unit 9 budget Tuesday at the Community Center in Farmington. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal)
Crystal Woehrle-Logan of Farmington, center, gets a ballot to vote on the Regional School Unit 9 budget Tuesday at the Community Center in Farmington. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal)