MEXICO — Next week’s vote on the Region 9 School of Applied Technology budget is expected to take all of 15 minutes, Director Brenda Gammon said Friday morning.

After the districtwide budget meeting and vote at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the cafeteria, the vocational school’s board of directors will meet upstairs to ratify the votes on the proposed $2.24 million secondary education budget and $308,297 adult and community education budget.

The secondary education budget is up $107,841 over last year’s $2.13 million. The increase was prompted by the addition of culinary arts and business programs for the next school year and a small increase in staff salaries.

“We want to look at starting two new programs — business and culinary arts — but that will depend on if we have enough student interest,” Gammon said.

For this year’s budget, the school board doubled the amount of carryover being applied: from $80,000 last year to $160,000 this year.

That reduction to $2.08 million will be assessed to Byron, Canton, Carthage, Dixfield, Hanover, Mexico, Peru, Roxbury and Rumford, which comprise Regional School Unit 10; Bethel, Greenwood, Newry and Woodstock in RSU 44; and Andover, Gilead and Upton.


“Half of it is based on their total enrollment in high school and half of it is based on how many kids actually come to Region 9,” Gammon said.

Upton, however, only has three high school students who won’t be attending Region 9, so Upton won’t pay anything for a use assessment, unlike the other towns, she said.

“So we will be taking $27,841 more to the towns than last year” after the carryover is applied, she said.

Of the $2.08 million, $831,095 is assessed to RSU 10’s Dirigo region; $782,477 is assessed to RSU 10’s Mountain Valley region; $372,187 to RSU 44; $76,311 to Andover; $18,427 to Gilead; and $1,666 to Upton.

New business agenda items for Wednesday night’s school board meeting include approvals of:

* The first amendment to the participation agreement for the Maine School Management Association Property & Casualty Insurance Trust.


* The declaration of trust for Maine School Management Association Dental Insurance Trust Fund.

* The declaration of trust for Maine School Management Association Unemployment Compensation.

The board will also review the Live Work policy and approve sending two commercial driving license course students with instructor Eddy Naples for an overnight to Bangor from May 15 and 16 for the Truck Driving Rodeo.

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