CAMDEN, Maine — Camden-area residents gave near unanimous approval Tuesday night to school budgets that are up by no more than 3 percent.
Both the Five-Town Community School District and the School Administrative District 28 budgets were approved in about 20 minutes at separate, successive district meetings held at Camden Hills Regional High School. Both budgets now go to the public at the polls on June 9 for a yes or no vote.
The public made no changes to either budget at the Tuesday meetings.
The CSD budget was approved at $12 million for 2015-2016, up $286,000, or 2.4 percent. This budget pays for operations of the high school that serves Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville.
The vote for the CSD budget was 19-1, according to Superintendent Elaine Nutter.
The SAD 28 budget, which serves Camden and Rockport students in kindergarten through eighth grade, was approved at $12.9 million, an increase of $376,000, or 3 percent.
Residents approved this budget 19-0.
The CSD budget represents no change in staff. The SAD 28 budget includes an additional one-year teaching position to accommodate a large eighth-grade class as well as an additional half-time assistant special education director.
The SAD 28 budget also includes $440,000 for maintenance and repairs to the Camden-Rockport Middle School, of which about half will come from existing reserve accounts. Residents voted in February to reject the construction of a new middle school. The district is working to seek additional public input regarding the future of the middle school building through a planned survey and focus groups.