The Bethel Board of Education has approved a budget proposal from the Superintendent without changes. The proposed $4.2 million budget is a 1.9 percent increase over the current year. Most of the increase is for contractual obligations. Despite growing enrollment, the budget does call for cutting 2.5 full time positions. Funding for an English language learners teacher and a preschool teacher is included. The Board of Ed will present the proposal to the Boards of Selectmen and Finance Wednesday at 6:30pm during a joint meeting in the municipal center.