An informational meeting on the $2.86 million Region 8 budget will be held Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Camden Hills Regional High School in the lecture hall.

The meeting is an opportunity for Region 8 board members and staff of the Mid-Coast School of Technology to answer questions about the budget and review all aspects of the programs offered at the vocational-technical school, said Business Manager Sherry Moody.

The Region 8 board voted to endorse the budget on Feb. 24. Voters will have their say when they vote on budgets for their school districts.

The Mid-Coast School of Technology offers 21 programs, including three island programs. Programs include auto collision tech, marine technology, hospitality/culinary arts, graphic art technology, and welding/fabrication. The 2010-2011 budget for instructional programs is $1,811,119.

The budget for student support services is $302,652. This includes student services curriculum ($154,278), technology maintenance and repair ($112,489), and instructional staff training ($27,745).

The budget for maintenance and operations is $415,684, which is mostly for operation of the building ($376,184).

The budget for administration is $230,377. Co-curricular programs — such as SkillsUSA, robotics and the National Vocational Honor Society — total $11,134. Transportation ($25,696) and debt service ($59,000) round out the $2,855,662 general fund budget, which does not include adult education programs.

The 2010-2011 budget is down $20,960 from the 2009-2010 budget.

The sending schools for Region 8 are Camden Hills Regional High School, Georges Valley High School, Islesboro Central School, Lincoln Academy, Medomak Valley High School, North Haven Community School, Rockland District High School and Vinalhaven School.

The Mid-Coast School of Technology provided the district assessments, which include adult education, for the Region 8 budget.

• Regional School Unit 13 would be responsible for 33.84 percent of the Region 8 budget.

• The Five Town Community School District would pay 32.82 percent of the budget.

• Maine School Administrative District 40’s share would be 26.87 percent.

• The shares for the other districts are SAD 8, 3.26 percent; Islesboro, 1.73 percent; and SAD 7, 1.48 percent.

The Region 8 budget was created with a projected enrollment of 405 students. The total cost per student is $7,051.

The Mid-Coast School of Technology will offer another informational session Wednesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at the school, prior to the regular board meeting.