BRUNSWICK, Maine — In response to requests by town officials to cut expenditures in the 2016 fiscal year, the Brunswick School Board has eliminated elementary school positions.

The board on Wednesday eliminated a reading strategist position at Coffin School and a K-5 technology integrator.

The board voted 6-1, with member Rich Ellis in opposition.

As a result of staff reshuffling because of the cuts, a reading/math support teacher at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School will lose her job.

Superintendent Paul Perzanoski told the council that teacher will be on a call-back list for the next 12 months.

School Board member Jim Grant said his motion to eliminate the positions was made with “regret,” but the School Board did not discuss the matter further.

In an interview, Perzanoski said the position cuts were made after spending reductions were made to the proposed 2016 budget by the board on April 29.

Town Manager John Eldridge had initially requested that $750,000 in spending be cut from the school district’s requested expenditures.

The School Board has cut about $400,000 in response.

The current budget is more than $35.7 million. The school district is seeking an increase of $822,268, or a 2.3 percent increase in spending for the next fiscal year.

Requested expenditures are $36,585,855, of which more than $23 million would be borne by local taxpayers.

Brunswick’s current tax rate of $27.40 per $1,000 of assessed value would increase by $1.35 to $28.75 under the combined spending requests by the town, schools and Cumberland County. That would result in a 4.93 percent increase in the tax rate in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The Town Council will hold a budget workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Town Hall council chambers. The council is set to adopt the municipal, county and school budgets on May 28.

Voters will decide on the school budget in a June 9 referendum.

Vocational school

Also on Wednesday, the School Board received an update by Grant as to major changes that may be on the horizon at Region 10.

Grant, who represents Brunswick on the Region 10 board, said that board has expressed interest in a comprehensive technical high school at Mt. Ararat High School.

The benefits to such an arrangement would be that students would have both their academic and vocational classes in the same location, unlike the current arrangement with Region 10 Technical High School.

Region 10 students come from Brunswick, Regional School Unit 5 and Maine School Administrative District 75 schools.

It’s uncertain whether money would be available for that project, according to Grant.

“There’s a lot of questions out there,” Grant said.

That program may possibly replace Region 10 Technical High School in Brunswick, which is in need of a $10 million renovation, Perzanoski said in an interview. The renovations may still be a year or two away, Perzanoski said.

According to Grant, the Region 10 board may decide whether to move forward with a new program at Mt. Ararat within the next three to four months.