The Brunswick School Board will present its 2019 budget to the Town Council during a workshop beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, at Brunswick Town Hall.

The board is proposing a budget of $38,895,275, an increase of more than $1 million over last year, or about 2.7 percent. The district anticipates enrollment of around 2,300 students for the upcoming school year, including about 700 at Brunswick High School.

Last year’s $37.9 million budget was up 0.49 percent over the previous year, and over the last 10 years, the budget has averaged a 1.49 percent increase, or about $514,000, per year.

“The development of the 2019 budget was built from the Brunswick School Board’s directive to show them our current student needs,” Superintendent Paul Perzanoski said in the district’s budget packet.

“We have put off services surrounding technology, maintenance, transportation and student support for several years due to reduced state and federal funding.”

This year’s proposed budget includes an additional $301,000 for facilities maintenance and $239,500 for transportation. The district is also asking for an additional $960,000 for regular education, which includes teachers’ salaries and benefits, and $370,000 more for special education.

Some of the increase in proposed education spending can be attributed to the rising cost of health insurance for teachers —  the district is asking for $175,000 more for health insurance and $27,000 more for dental insurance. Overall, 61.4 percent of the budget is employee wages and 21.9 percent is employee benefits.

The district is proposing spending $300,000 to replace the HVAC unit in the Crooker Theater at Brunswick High, along with $80,000 for complete carpet replacement, $60,000 for roof repairs and $36,000 to replace the school’s intercom system.

Last year, Brunswick voters approved a $28 million bond to build a new elementary school. The school, scheduled to open in 2020, will replace the 63-year-old Coffin School, which currently uses 40-year-old modular classrooms for its students.

The school will be built — without state funding — on the site of the former Jordan Acres School, which closed suddenly in 2011 after a ceiling beam cracked and engineers deemed the building unsafe.

According to the district, demolition of the Jordan Acres School will take place this spring and new construction is set to begin in late June. The district is accepting suggestions for the name of the new school until April 28. The board will vote at its May 9 meeting.