CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board has approved the $21 million budget proposed by Interim Superintendent Ken Murphy.

The School Board voted unanimously to adopt the budget last night. The budget increases spending by 2.2 percent, or $447,719, over current spending. With an expected drop in revenues of about $270,000, the property taxes used to support the schools are expected to increase 2.6 percent.

School Board Chairwoman Mary Townsend said that no changes were made to the budget submitted by Murphy. She said the board went through the budget line by line and that Murphy was able to respond to all their questions and concerns.

The budget eliminates 1.5 teaching positions: a full-time position at Pond Cove Elementary School, where enrollment is declining, and a half-time literacy teacher at the elementary level that had been funded through federal stimulus money.