LIVERMORE FALLS — The president of the Regional School Unit 73 Education Association presented directors with budget information that showed a 3.9 percent decrease in proposed spending compared to last year.

Nathan Harnden shared an informational handout compiled by Spruce Mountain Middle School teacher Rob Taylor.

It showed that the 2017-18 budget of just over $18 million is $745,078 less than the 2016-17 budget.

The actual amount to be raised by Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls is $10.88 million, which is down by $604,039 (5.3 percent) from last year. The rest of the money comes from state funding and other sources.

Amounts to be raised locally by town are:

• Livermore, $2 million, a $108,209 (5.7 percent) increase from last year.


• Livermore Falls, $1.8 million, a $150,357 (9.2 percent) increase.

• Jay, $7.1 million, a decrease of $862,597 (10.8 percent less than last year).

RSU 73 per-student costs are $11,865. The handout pointed out that other local school systems have per-student costs of between $13,000 and $15,000.

“We are the lowest cost in this area,” Harnden said. “We want to make sure our students have the best educational program possible.”

The district budget meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Spruce Mountain Middle School Cafeteria in Jay.

In other business, the board:


• Accepted, with regret, the retirement of Spruce Mountain Primary School Title 1 Literacy teacher Maggie Davis at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

• Held a moment of silence for Darcy Bernier, who worked in the cafeteria at Spruce Mountain Primary School. Bernier passed away May 6.

Livermore Falls resident Alan Chretien, right, speaks to the RSU 73 Board of Directors during a meeting Thursday.

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