BINGHAM — School Administrative District 13 residents in Bingham and Moscow approved a $3,019,075 budget Tuesday night for the coming school year.

The spending package is $29,000 less than last year’s budget and about $98,000 less than what had been proposed — and passed — in two previous budget meeting votes this summer.

Residents, however, rejected the proposed budget both times in secret ballot referendum.

The secret ballot vote on the new budget is set for Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Superintendent Virginia Rebar the budget meeting went well Tuesday night.

“Everything passed with flying colors,” she said by phone Wednesday.

Rebar said cuts in the new budget include savings on the salary of longtime principal Linda MacKenzie, who is leaving the district for a job in the Millinocket School Department.

A social worker also was cut from the budget and the district got a good price on heating fuel, Rebar said in July.

Three of the newly hired employees are first-year teachers who will start at entry-level salaries.

In the meantime, the district is operating on the most recently approved budget of $3.1 million, as mandated by state law.


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