NEWPORT, Maine — Voters in RSU 19’s eight member towns will consider a reduced budget proposal when their annual district budget meeting continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nokomis Regional High School, Superintendent Mike Hammer said Thursday.

School officials went back to the drawing board after district voters rejected a proposed $24 million spending plan for the current school year in a 621-1,158 vote during a budget validation referendum on June 14, former interim Superintendent Ray Freve said at the time.

RSU 19 member towns are Newport, Corinna, Dixmont, Etna, Hartland, Palmyra, Plymouth and St. Albans.

Freve said in June that the $24,297,761 budget that school officials originally developed for 2016-17 reflected an increase of $934,529 from last year. Had it passed, the local share for member towns would have increased by about 16 percent, which a majority of voters apparently found unpalatable.

He attributed the budget increase largely to revenue projections that were “quite inflated,” including those for Medicare reimbursements and anticipated proceeds for the sale of land that never sold, and underbudgeted amounts for accounts that must be spent, including special education tuition.

Hammer said Thursday that the proposed budget since has been pared down to $23,959,261.

While the budget going before residents on Aug. 24 is up 2.55 percent from last year, the local share for member towns has dropped from the 16 percent range to the 12 percent range for most member towns, said Hammer, who assumed the superintendent post on July 1 after having served as interim superintendent in RSU 50 in the Patten area and before that as superintendent of neighboring RSU 29 in the Houlton area.

While existing programs would remain intact, the latest budget plan calls for the elimination of five full-time teaching jobs, an occupational therapist, a special education teacher and half of an assistant special director post, a part-time elementary school principal position and some stipend positions, he said. In addition, the high school and middle school will now share a nurse.

The district has been grappling with financial problems for years.

Earlier in the fiscal year, the district considered furlough days in an effort to make up for a $295,000 revenue shortfall, which forced the district to reduce overtime and fall behind on some bills.

In February, the Maine Education Association Benefits Trust stepped in after budget struggles forced the district to leave its health insurance premiums unpaid for several months.

The next month, however, district voters accepted $69 million in state funding to overhaul the district’s aging school buildings.

The budget rejected by RSU 19 voters on Tuesday is not the first to suffer that fate.

In 2013, it took two referendum attempts to get a budget passed. A $2.8 million stabilization loan failed twice at the polls before being approved in March of that year.