ROCKLAND — A nearly $5.6 million budget for the Mid-coast School of Technology has been approved by the Board.

The Region 8 Cooperative Board approved Feb. 16 the $5,579,615 budget for 2022-2023. The spending package is an increase of 2.5 percent from the voter approved 2021-2022 budget. The main reasons for the expense increases are salary, benefits and energy costs.

Regular instruction accounts for $2.1 million of those expenses, nearly $2 million for debt repayment on the school, $530,000 for operation of the facility, and $496,000 for administration.

Additional non-property tax revenues, such as $50,000 in surplus, means the amount of money sending districts have to raise overall for the vocational school is down 2.4 percent, falling to $2,229,874. The state aid for the vocational school is budgeted at nearly $3.4 million.

The budget now goes to the sending districts where a line will be included in each of their budgets for voters to decide.

The Five-Town Community School District will be the largest financial supporter of the career and technical school with an annual payment of $780,000. This is down about $28,000.

School Administrative District 40 will pay $652,000, down $23,000.

Regional School Unit 13 will pay $572,000, down about $5,200.

St. George will pay $108,000, up $2,800.

SAD 8 (Vinalhaven) will pay $54,000, down $4,000.

Islesboro will pay $47,000, up $5,000.

SAD 7 (North Haven) will pay $17,000, down $108.

The cost of the vocational school is distributed based on the high school enrollment of the sending high schools.

Programs include auto collision technology, automotive technology, building trades — carpentry, culinary arts, baking and pastries, design technology, emergency medical technicians, firefighting, machine shop, marine technology, medical assistant, nursing assistant, outdoor leadership, welding/metal fabrication, small engine repair, and technical writing.