Residents in School Administrative District 74 will be asked to give final approval to a proposed $9.9 million school budget Tuesday.

The budget is up about six percent from the 2015-2016 budget for the North Anson-based disctrict, which also includes Anson, Embden, New Portland and Solon. Increased costs include the first $250,000 bond payment that the district owes on renovations at Carrabec High School and about $52,000 in health insurance costs resulting from the closure of Madison Paper Industries.

The budget also includes the reinstatement of a full-time principal at Carrabec High School along with the elimination of an assistant principal to coincide with the retirement of Principal Regina Campbell.

The amount of money to be raised locally is up $103,000 from last year, as the district is also anticipating increased revenues from Medicare reimbursements and federal funding to help offset increased costs, according to Superintendent Ken Coville.

The budget was given preliminary approval by voters at a school budget meeting April 28.

Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town offices in Anson, Embden and Solon and at the New Portland fire station.


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