LIVERMORE FALLS — Residents of Jay, Livermore Falls and Livermore will decide April 8 on a $18.6 million school budget and whether to keep sections of the former Livermore Falls High School open.

The building is off Cedar Street in Livermore Falls and is now known as the Adult Education Learning Center. It will be the site of Tuesday’s vote. A public hearing begins at 6 p.m., followed by voting.

The proposed $18.6 million budget for RSU 73 is 1.5 percent, or $280,000 more than this year’s budget. There are decreases in regular classroom instruction, debt service and miscellaneous expenses and increases in system and school administration, student and staff support, extra- and co-curricular activities, special education, transportation, operation of buildings, and other instruction.

Superintendent Robert Wall will describe the changes in each budget line at the hearing.

Voters will decide whether to buy two new school buses for $95,000 each, with the state reimbursing the cost.

Another article calls for raising $299,649, with $40,000 to come from each RSU 73 town, for the Adult and Community Education program. The difference between the towns’ share and the total requested amount will come from grants and enrichment class fees.

The final article requests $132,000 to keep the Adult Education Learning Center open for the 2014-15 school year. Most of the academic wing was closed after students moved to Spruce Mountain High School in Jay.

The center is used by high and middle school sports, Area Youth Sports, Central Maine Community College classes, and adult academic and enrichment education.

Adult Education Director Eileen Miazga has been investigating the possibility of turning a section of the building into a conference center, and a new culinary/hospitality program is expected to begin in the fall.

The budget adopted Tuesday will go to a referendum in each town on April 29. Livermore and Livermore Falls residents will vote at their town offices; Jay residents will vote at the Community Center.


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