Wiscasset and Westport Island are one step closer to wriggling their students out of Regional School Unit 12 after two separate votes Tuesday.
In both towns, a referendum asking voters whether to petition to leave RSU 12 passed by around 100 votes.
Westport Island voted in favor of petitioning for withdrawal from the RSU with 152 votes in favor and 70 against; Wiscasset had 397 in favor and 293 against a withdrawal petition.
Both towns are among around a dozen in the state considering a referendum on withdrawal Tuesday, according to David Connerty-Marin of the state Department of Education, though the outcome of the votes in each of those towns was not immediately available Wednesday.
The vote keeps in motion a long process toward actually withdrawing from the RSU, which would only occur after the formation of a committee to study the impacts of such a move and approval by a two-thirds vote in each town.