Students will not be going to school more days, at least for next year.

The Maine Senate rejected May 16 a bill to extend the school year by five days over the next five years. The Senate voted 22-12 to accept the minority report of the Legislature’s Education Committee that LD 18 be defeated.

All three local Republican state senators — Sens. Christopher Rector of Thomaston, A. David Trahan of Waldoboro, and Michael Thibodeau of Winterport — voted to kill the legislation.

The Senate vote came four days after the Maine House voted 76-71 to support the bill that would have increased the number of school days for students from 180 to 185. The increase would have been phased in over five years, being completed by 2016-2017.

The cost in the first year was estimated by the Legislature to be $6.2 million.

Local legislators voting for the longer school year bill were Reps. Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston; Joan Welsh, D-Rockport; Wes Richardson, R-Warren; Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro; and Jonathan McKane, R-Newcastle.

Voting against the bill were Reps. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland; Andrew O’Brien, D-Lincolnville; Walter Kumiega III, D-Deer Isle; and Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea.

Mazurek said he would not support an increase until there was a plan to pay for it, saying the burden should not be placed on local property owners.

O’Brien said he supports an extension of the school year but the decision should rest with the local districts. He called LD 18 another unfunded state mandate.

Welsh said she was ambivalent about the bill.

“It surprised me when it came up and I hadn’t heard from any constituents about it. I voted for it, but think, on reflection, that I should have voted against it in order to leave it up to the local school boards. I believe it will not survive appropriations anyway,” Welsh said.

Kumiega said he supports a longer school year but not if it is an unfunded state mandate that the local property owners have to support.