PORTLAND (AP) – The election this week brought a mixed bag for Gov. John Baldacci’s school consolidation plan.

Mainers approved 12 school consolidation plans on Tuesday, but another five were rejected. Falmouth voters rejected a consolidation plan, as did several communities in Aroostook County.

The consolidation of Falmouth, Cumberland and North Yarmouth was one of the first plans offered up. But Falmouth Town Councilor Tony Payne says many residents feel consolidation would be more costly than the penalties imposed by the state for failing to consolidate.

Maine Education Department spokesman David Connerty-Marin says something has to be done. He says the current system is too expensive to be sustained.

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