FREEPORT — The Durham-Freeport-Pownal school board adopted a $22.6 million budget Wednesday that is almost $86,000 less than the one rejected by voters recently.

The 2009-10 spending plan will be presented to voters in the three towns at 6 p.m. July 21 at Freeport High School. If they approve it, there will be a second vote to validate it.

The school system is currently operating under the new 2009-10 budget approved Wednesday night as mandated by state law.

Board members of Regional School Unit 5, which is the official name of the school system,  said their goals were:

• To create a lean budget based on the recommendations of the leaders of the three previously separate school systems;

• To invest in a curriculum director to focus on quality and efficiency of education and improve MEA scores while building 21st-century skills;

• To invest in 2.5 new teachers at the high school for math, social studies and English, and keep class enrollments close to the state average; and

• To build a more transparent and responsive business office while reducing staffing by half a position.

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.