ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland-area school budget passed with a six-town vote of 371-232. South Thomaston and Rockland voters both rejected the Regional School District 13 budget on Tuesday, but Thomaston, Cushing, St. George and Owls Head all approved it.
The school district’s budget for next year will be about $25.9 million, a very slight increase over last year’s budget.
At a town hall-style meeting on June 8, voters showed support for the budget, but asked that $30,000 be taken out for a new volunteer coordinator position and instead be used to keep middle school band instruction at its current level. The school board had chosen earlier this year to make some cuts in that department. It’s unclear if the school board will respect the citizens’ wishes.
The budget breakdown for each town is: Cushing, $2.2 million; Owls Head, $1.7 million; Rockland, $8.1 million; St. George, $3 million; South Thomaston, $2 million; and Thomaston, $3.9 million for a total of $20.9 million. The total RSU 13 budget is actually $25.9 million, but that does not account for income the school district gets through the state subsidy and other sources.