Vocational budget up for vote

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MEXICO — Residents have a chance to act on vocational secondary and adult education budgets at a districtwide meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18. It will be held at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology on the River Road.

The proposed secondary budget is $2,034,820, which is up about 1 percent from this year. The proposed adult and community education budget, at $279,173, is down about 6 percent from this year.

The increase in the secondary budget is due to a 1 percent salary increase for most instructors, higher health insurance premiums, and a new contract with Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 for technical services.

The adult education budget decreased because of the elimination of child care services for adult students and the part-time community education coordinator position.

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The secondary school serves about 175 students from Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Dirigo High School in Dixfield and Telstar High School in Bethel. Adult and community education serves several hundred students who are studying for a diploma or GED, or who take enrichment classes.

Following the budget vote, the Region 9 board will meet. On the agenda are changing board meetings from the third Tuesday to the second Wednesday of each month, several probationary or continuing contracts for instructors and review of the cooperative agreement between the vocational school and the three sending high schools.

eadams@sunjournal.com

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