Regional School Unit 1 board will hold a public forum to continue discussing next year’s budget during its meeting  at 6 p.m. April 30, at Bath Middle School.

The district — Arrowsic, Bath, Phippsburg and Woolwich — is proposing spending $30,101,503 for the 2018-19 school year, an increase of $1,122,486, or 3.87 percent. Last year, the district spent $28,979,017.

Among the increases are an additional $516,000 for regular instruction and $313,000 for special education instruction, plus an added $221,000 for operation and maintenance. RSU 1 is saving nearly $70,000 in school administration costs.

More than 70 percent of the budget is salaries and benefits for employees, and the district is proposing a 5.74 percent increase to those line items. The district is hoping to spend $21,123,757, up $1,145,901 from last year.

RSU 1 is hoping for additional funding for three educational technician positions, one at Phippsburg Elementary, one at Dike-Newell and one at Fisher-Mitchell, a part-time finance clerk, an additional day per week for an assistant superintendent, two dean of students positions at Bath Middle and Woolwich Central and an educational technician for math intervention at Woolwich Central.

The second reading of the budget will be on May 7 and the district-wide budget meeting is scheduled for May 29, both at Bath Middle.

RSU 1 residents will vote on the budget on June 12.