The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School district committee this week certified a $23.2 million operating budget for the 2021 fiscal year.

The budget reflects a 5.4 per cent increase in spending over last year. It was approved 7-0 with one abstention.

Also their meeting Monday, committee members settled on criteria for bringing warrant articles before Island towns for expenditures that fall outside the budget.

The committee decided that any warrant request should be for one-time expenses that amount to half a per cent or more of the total operating budget. Based on the current budget, the minimum amount would be set at $116,000.

As a result, only one added spending request will come before voters this year, involving a dust collection system for the technical education department.

Other capital spending for a variety of other building needs will be absorbed by the operating budget.

In other business Monday, the school committee voted to accept a number of grants, including $500,000 from the state Department of Environmental Protection funded by the Volkswagen emissions settlement to buy two new electric buses, a $2,500 anonymous donation to help students repay school lunch debt, and an undisclosed amount of donations that will allow the Davin A. Tackebury scholarship fund to become a recurring award.

Earlier on the same day the up-Island district school committee postponed a vote on its budget until Jan. 27 due to a posting error because the budget was not listed on the agenda.

The draft FY 2021 budget is $12.8 million, a 4.5 per cent increase over last year.

The up-Island school district includes the two elementary schools that serve the towns of Aquinnah, West Tisbury and Chilmark.