FARMINGTON — Regional School Unit 9 will hold a community forum Tuesday on the proposed $37.31 million budget, which is $1.76 million more than current spending.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Forum at Mt. Blue Campus on Seamon Road.

The school board unveiled its proposal for 2019-20 on April 2.

Superintendent Tina Meserve said one reason for the increase is there have been 118 more students in the past two years.

She said an 8.8% increase was budgeted for health insurance, but the actual percentage is expected to be less.

The budget also includes teacher pay raises that average 2.5% and staff raises that average 5%,  according to RSU 9 data.

The district anticipates receiving $22.06 million from the state, which is $1.1 million more than the current year. However, most towns will see higher assessments because of higher property valuations.

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