Voters approve $2.02 million budget for vocational school in Mexico

Twenty-six voters from cities encompassing Mexico’s Region 9 School of Applied Technology unanimously approve a $2.02 million budget for 2022-23 at the school Wednesday. Marianne Hutchinson/Rumford Falls Times

MEXICO — Twenty-six voters from cities encompassing Region 9’s School of Applied Technology approved a $2.02 million budget for 2022-23 on Wednesday.

The amount is $283,000 less than the $2.31 million for the current fiscal year.

Board Director Paul Handlen was elected budget meeting moderator and Jenn Whittemore and Dawn Leahy served as scrutineers.

Voters also approved a budget of $397,855 for the school’s adult education services. $264,349 of this budget will be collected as a local share of assessments from Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Dirigo High School in Dixfield and the Andover School District.

Another approved article establishes a fuel reserve fund and transfers $25,000 from available fund balances to the reserve fund.

The 16 cities sending students to Region 9 School of Applied Technology are Rumford, Mexico, Roxbury, Hanover, Bethel, Newry, Woodstock, Greenwood, Dixfield, Canton, Carthage, Peru, Andover, Byron, Gilead, and Upton .

Courses offered include Culinary Arts, Certified Practical Nursing, Early Childhood Education, Commercial Driver’s License, Fire Science and Outdoor Skills and Leadership.

The school is planning a job fair on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring several local employers and colleges. The event will take place outside the school building at 377 River Road in Mexico, weather permitting.

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