BUCKSPORT — Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) voters on Tuesday approved a $15.9-million school budget for the FY 20-21 school year.
Across the four towns in RSU 25, Bucksport, Orland, Prospect and Verona Island, there were a total of 1,429 votes in favor of the budget and 505 against, according to Superintendent James Boothby’s calculations.
“With the impact of COVID-19, the budget validation vote had to be moved to align with the general election,” Boothby said. “The questions for consideration yesterday were in an adjusted format because we were unable to hold the district budget meeting and as such the questions were needed in the manner they were.”
The total budget is $15,989717.83, according to a copy of the ballot. Of that figure, taxpayers among the RSU 25 towns will raise $8,135,689.83 for education. The difference in the budget will come from state aid to education and revenues.
The budget includes a transfer of $300,000 from a capital reserve fund and spending up to $240,000 for the installation of lights on the Miles Lane soccer field and installation of a background curtain for the Bucksport Performing Arts stage at the middle school.
The budget also includes nearly $200,000 for the RSU’s adult education program.