Lisbon Town Council approves school budget

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LISBON — The Town Council has approved a $13.9 million K-12 school budget, sending the budget — and the more than two dozen position cuts it requires — to voters June 8.

The School Committee approved the budget Monday night. The Town Council approved it Tuesday.

Costs have risen while revenues have declined. The school system lost more than $660,000 in state aid when Maine reduced its contributions to balance its own budget. The council-approved budget asks voters for about $260,000 more in local funding, which means a property tax increase of 72 cents per $1,000 of valuation.

The budget cuts $1.1 million from the system’s three schools. Although the spending plan restores a few positions that were slated to be cut, it includes a loss of more than two dozen positions across the system, including teachers, guidance counselors, nurses and custodians.

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On Monday, Lisbon High School students protested the budget cuts, demonstrating outside the high school throughout the day and at the town hall that afternoon before attending the School Committee meeting that night.

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