POLAND — The Regional School District 16 Budget Committee agreed to trim a little over $500,000 from the $29.3 million budget that failed voter approval June 11. The combined tally from Mechanic Falls, Minot and Poland was 736-913.

Directors will be asked to endorse the $28.8 million proposal at a special meeting Wednesday. It starts at 6 p.m. at Poland Regional High School.

The amended budget represents a 5.26% increase over the current budget.

The Budget Committee met Thursday in the Elm Street School conference room in Mechanic Falls and approved the following cuts, as recommended by the administration:

• Superintendent administrative assistant, Central Office.

• Assistant superintendent to curriculum coordinator, Central Office.


• Districtwide nurse.

• Two educational technicians.

• A half-time librarian at Minot Consolidated School.

• Districtwide technology coach.

• Capital Improvement Plan reduction.

• Insurance renewal reduction from 15% to 12%.


According to administration officials, lowering the property tax impact for the three towns was of vital concern.

The new budget will result in the following increases based on a $100,000 property value in the three towns:

Mechanic Falls, $157

Minot, $129

Poland, $190

If directors approve the amended budget, it will go to a districtwide meeting July 10 at Poland Regional High School.

A validation referendum will be held at a date to be determined.

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