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PHILLIPS — School Administrative District 58 directors gave selectmen from Avon, Kingfield and Phillips an overview of the $9.73 million budget for 2019-20 Thursday evening. No selectmen from Strong attended.

Superintendent Susan Pratt said the budget is $322,245 more than this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

More than 60 percent of it is for salaries and benefits.

“That should make sense, since we’re in the people business,” Pratt said.

She also advised that the district may receive more in state aid.

“This year, the state of Maine has proposed giving us $191,000 more than they did last year,” Pratt said, but cautioned the amount is not guaranteed.

The district will save money on two new buses because a grant to cover 80 percent of the cost has been approved. Facilities Manager Scott LeHay applied for the money.

Other expenses in 2019-20 include the state-mandated removal of an unused underground fuel tank at a school, an air exchanger, paving and repairs and maintenance work.

In other matters, Maine Department of Transportation representatives explained their proposal to extend a sidewalk in Kingfield from Route 142 to the Kingfield Elementary School driveway.

The board voted not to grant the state a right of way over school property.

The Employee of the Month award went to Philip Olivieri, a special education teacher at Phillips Elementary School.