South Portland and Cape Elizabeth voters passed their respective school budgets on Tuesday.

South Portland voters approved a $69.4 million school budget 990 to 506, according to unofficial results. The budget is a nearly 5% increase over this year’s and carries a 3.8% tax increase.

Roughly 80% of the budget goes toward personnel costs, such as wages, salaries and benefits. It also adds three new teaching positions for social and emotional learning, two teachers at Skillin Elementary School, a new social worker and a new multilingual specialist.

The school department held back on major capital improvement projects this year, sticking to less expensive work such as painting and gym floor maintenance.

Cape Elizabeth’s $35.4 million school budget passed 1,570 to 634. The budget is up 3.7% over this year’s, representing a 2.5% tax increase.

A reading specialist, a multilingual teacher and a pre-K ed tech are among new positions added this year. The $130,000 cost for a new extended learning instructional strategist for grades 7-12 is being fully reimbursed by the state. Wage increases, and an 11% rise in health insurance costs, are among other drivers, according to Superintendent Chris Record.

In a non-binding poll included on Cape Elizabeth’s ballot, 718 voters said the budget was too high, 1,002 said it was acceptable and 420 said it was too low.

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