LIVERMORE FALLS — The Regional School Unit 73 board overwhelmingly approved a proposed $18.65 million budget Thursday night. That’s about $240,000 less than this year.

The board also approved $240,824 for the adult and community education program. About $40,000 from each town will be used toward the total, along with adult education grants for the remainder.

Residents of Livermore, Livermore Falls and Jay will vote on the budget articles at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Spruce Mountain Middle School in Jay. The amount approved will be presented at a referendum April 28.

In other matters, the board:

* Approved a 2015-16 calendar that has late arrivals on most Wednesdays so teachers can meet for professional development;

* Heard Spruce Mountain Middle School Principal Scott Albert announce “The Little Mermaid” play will be held Friday daytime and evening; and last week’s fundraiser for the eighth-grade class trip brought in $6,500;

* Heard Livermore Elementary School Principal Kevin Harrington announce a meeting April 9 on developing a foster grandparent program;

* Heard Spruce Mountain High School Principal T.J. Plourde announce the robotics team placed 15th out of 175 teams in a recent competition; and

* Heard Chris Hollingsworth, principal of Jay Elementary School, announce students placed first, second and third in a recent poster contest offered by Complete Dentistry in Wilton. Each winner received a U.S. savings bond.

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