The Lisbon Town Council and school board have had two public meetings recently on the town and school budgets. Attendance at both of those meetings — combined — was about 75 people. In an effort to help get the word out, the school superintendent used the telephone broadcast system that is usually used to notify parents that school is cancelled due to snow.
About the school budget: Maine cut its part of the school funding by about $1.2 million for 2010-11. Personnel cuts will have to be made to fill the huge hole in the budget, which means cuts from teachers to janitors. Class sizes will have to become bigger.
Townspeople will be asked to help on a ballot question on Election Day, June 8. The schools urgently need voters to approve the ballot question requesting an additional $240,000. The state’s deep cuts will result in valued personnel being let go, but without the $240,000, whole programs would have to be eliminated and, once cut, would be very difficult to re-establish.
Last year, I was elected to fill a one-year term on the school board and my purpose was to cut wasteful spending within the system — a few thousand dollars here and a few thousand dollars there, but the state’s cutting our budget by $1.2 million is drastic for even me.
I encourage Lisbon voters to support the Lisbon schools.
George Caron, Lisbon Falls