BATH — The Regional School Unit 1 district budget meeting drew about 50 registered voters, ran about 40 minutes, and generated very little comment on a summer-like Tuesday evening.
Having passed its first of two hurdles at the Bath Middle School gathering, next year’s proposed $30.1 million spending plan goes to a final decision by RSU 1 residents on Tuesday, June 12. Bath voters can cast ballots at the middle school, 6 Old Brunswick Road, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. that day.
Next year’s budget reflects a 3.87 percent increase over current spending. About 70 percent of the budget, or $21.1 million, is comprised of salaries and benefits.
Up 5.74 percent over current spending, that category includes several new positions: three additional special educational technicians at the Phippsburg, Dike Newell and Fisher Mitchell elementary schools; a part-time finance clerk in the district’s business office; and an educational technician for math intervention at Woolwich Central School.
One day a week is also to be added for Assistant Superintendent Katie Joseph in order to budget that position at full time. Instead of one full-time assistant principal splitting time between Woolwich and Bath Middle School, that role would be replaced by two full-time dean of student positions, one for each school.
A computer science teaching position at Bath Middle School is being replaced with a new social studies teacher.
The $18.2 million RSU 1 seeks to raise in taxes would mean a jump of nearly $470,000 from the current local contribution. Of this amount, Bath would be assessed $10.4 million (up 3.67 percent); Arrowsic, nearly $550,000 (up 0.99 percent); Phippsburg, nearly $3 million (down 3.78 percent); and Woolwich, $4.3 million (up 5.26 percent).
The district is receiving more state aid to education this year to offset expenses – $10.1 million, a nearly $690,000 increase.
Tuesday’s Regional School Unit 1 district budget meeting, held at Bath Middle School, ran about 40 minutes and drew about 50 registered voters.