BAR HARBOR — A budget of $8.97 million for Mount Desert Island High School next fiscal year was approved unanimously by the school board Monday night.
The budget is $40,364 higher than the current year’s budget, an increase of .45 percent, and $189,158 more than school officials actually expect to spend this year.
The approved budget is essentially the same as the one that principal Matthew Janger presented to the school board in January, but there have been a few adjustments.
One of the changes is a $5,000 increase in the amount the school expects to pay a full-time athletic trainer. Last month, the high school board approved a request by athletic director Bunky Dow to create the position with a starting salary of $32,000. He said an anonymous donor would pay $20,000 of that amount the first year and $10,000 the following year.
The high school has been budgeting $12,000 each year to contract with MDI Hospital to provide medical coverage for home games in football and several other sports. Mr. Dow said that money would now be applied to the athletic trainer’s salary, meaning that, with the $20,000 donation, the school would not incur any additional cost next year. The school would need to budget an additional $10,000 in the second year and then cover the entire cost after that.
Mr. Dow did not attend Monday’s school board meeting. Mr. Janger, who participated by video link, said he and Mr. Dow had determined that the trainer’s starting salary should be raised by $5,000 to attract good, experienced applicants.
The school board approved the budget increase. But board member Charlie Wray predicted that it might not sit well with some citizens and municipal officials.