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TOPSHAM — Voters approved the School Administrative District 75 fiscal 2012 budget, 924-331, in Tuesday’s budget validation referendum.
All four towns backed the spending plan, according to preliminary results: Topsham, 112-71; Harpswell, 678-233; Bowdoin, 56-13 and Bowdoinham, 78-14.
Voters had supported the $34.2 million spending plan in a town meeting-style gathering May 19.
Next year’s budget will drop more than $572,000, or 1.65 percent, from this year. The district-wide local contribution will remain unchanged at $18.7 million, although individual towns will see changes caused by valuation changes.
Topsham’s contribution will rise 3.15 percent to $7.8 million, while Harpswell’s will drop nearly 5 percent to $6.5 million. Bowdoin’s will climb 2.18 percent to $2.1 million, and Bowdoinham’s will increase 2.36 percent to $2.3 million.
SAD 75 faces a revenue shortfall of nearly $594,000.
Eliminated positions in next year’s budget include two eighth-grade teachers at Mt. Ararat Middle School, a science teacher and two alternative education staff at Mt. Ararat High School, 1.8 elementary librarians, and an interventionist.