REGION — With seven of the eight towns in School Administrative District SAD 17 reporting results Wednesday afternoon, the majority of voters were in favor of the proposed $42.9 million budget for the new year, 2,611 to 1,209.
Also on the ballot was the district’s $444,829 adult education budget and Vocational Region 11’s $3,757,822 budget. Both passed easily – adult education with 72% of 3,092 votes cast and vocational with 75% of 3,220 ballots.
“I appreciate the trust the voters have placed in their school district to address the needs of its students,” Superintendent Rick Colpitts said. “The board worked diligently to ensure the budget balanced the increasing needs of students and the willingness of the taxpayers to address them. We will continue to provide the best education possible with the resources provided.”
Results by town as of 10:40 p.m. were:
Harrison: 380 yes, 139 no
Hebron: 179 yes, 52 no
Norway: 706 yes, 227 no
Otisfield: 285 yes, 137 no
Oxford: 421 yes, 248 no
Paris: 594 yes, 311 no
Waterford: 246 yes, 95 no
Paris saw three residents vying for two seats on the SAD 17 board of directors. Sarah Otterson was re-elected with 611 votes. Former Director Robert Jewell received 520 votes. Henry Raymond, who was seeking re-election, received 390 votes.
Cole Curtis was the only name to appear on Norway’s school board election ballot and was reelected with 938 votes.
In Oxford, Sydney Jackson got four write-in votes to serve on SAD’s board. David Dunn, whose term expired and did not file nomination papers, and Floyd Thayer each received three write-in votes.
School budget election results from West Paris have not yet been reported.