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What: Special meeting of the Lisbon Schools Facilities Committee

When: 5 p.m. Thursday

Where: Lisbon High School

LISBON — School officials, town council members, parents and community representatives will come to the table Thursday evening to review possible steps for Lisbon High School after the building was recently placed on probation for failing to adhere to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges standards for accreditation.

“It’s not programs. It’s not staff. It’s facilities,” said Prudence Grant, chairwoman of the Lisbon School Committee. “We’ve worked very hard to bring the facilities up to snuff, but it’s going to cost more money than we possibly have to do it with.”

A press release issued Monday by the Lisbon School Department reported that the school system was notified late last week of the association’s decision to place the high school on probation for failing to adhere to its standards for accreditation on instruction and community resources for learning.

Although on probationary status, the high school remains fully accredited.

Grant said the school officials had worked hard to overcome the NEASC’s concerns during its last re-accreditation review related to curriculum and facilities. While the school system worked hard to improve its curriculum standards, Grant said that the NEASC report essentially called for a new high school or major renovations to the existing building.

Superintendent Rick Green said the school department is exploring a wide range of options to help overcome facility concerns. A plan released earlier this year called for an addition to be built off the south end of the school building that would add another seven classrooms.

Grant raised concerns Monday night that the renovation plan could be in jeopardy if voters approve the school department budget referendum on Tuesday. The budget was passed last month by the Town Council and included a $115,000 cut to the school system’s bottom line.

Green, on the other hand, said the school system would continue to explore its options, but that the loss of funding could make matters more difficult. He said the district is reviewing cost options, which range in price from $275,000 to more than $1 million.

“It’s not officially dead in the water, but it will be very difficult doing it with $115,000 cut when we may not have had enough to begin with,” Green said.


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