MIDDLEPORT – The Royalton-Hartland School District will hold a public hearing to present its proposed $22 million budget for 2013-14 at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The proposed budget represents a 66-cent increase per $1,000 of assessed valuation to an estimated $22.49 per $1,000. It also includes a slight decrease in overall spending, according to Superintendent Kevin MacDonald.

“We’ve made significant cuts in the past four to five years, laying off teachers, and we haven’t hired them back,” he said. “We’ve also had a fair number of retirements, which helps. We are trying to understand the community’s needs and still manage cuts in state aid suffered years ago and not balance the budget on the backs of the taxpayers. We think we’re as bare-bones as we can get.”

Voters will also elect incumbent Daniel Bragg and newcomer Sara Fry in a noncontested race to fill two open seats on the Board of Education.

The public hearing will be held in the high school, 54 State St., to be followed by a regular board meeting.

Polls will be open for the budget and board vote from noon to 8 p.m. in the high school gym May 21.