ST. ALBANS — Voters rejected the proposed budget for Missisquoi Valley Union High School while approving the budget for Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans.

The budget for MVU, serving most students from Swanton, Highgate, and Franklin, was rejected 979-497. The $15.6 million proposed budget represented a $500,000 increase.

The $20.9 million budget for BFA and the Northwest Technical Center had an increase of 2 percent. It passed 1,008-781.

Included in the MVU increase was funding for three new positions: an additional assistant principal, a technology integration specialist, and a technology support person.

Funding for MVU sports increased by $78,000 in the proposed budget with $40,000 to start a new football program.

The budget also included $35,000 for a new digital sign, which was to be placed at the school entrance.

Approximately 30 people turned out for the public hearing on the MVU budget. School board chair Denis Boucher reported that attendees at the meeting were particularly concerned about the costs of the proposed football program and sign.