LISBON — One day after a Lisbon High School student was charged in the March 4 vandalism to school buses, the district reported the cost of the damage was more than $2,000. 

The total cost was $2,238.80, Superintendent Rick Green said. That includes $376 for repairs  $300 in bus driver salaries, $200 for school cook salaries and $1,362.80 to pay the salaries of teachers. In accordance with their contracts, the teachers had to be paid for two hours of work each, even though school was ultimately canceled after they showed up at the school March 4.

On Wednesday, Lisbon police charged a 16-year-old boy with aggravated criminal mischief.

The case will be referred to the Maine Department of Corrections Juvenile Services in Auburn and a determination by that office will decide whether it goes to juvenile court.

According to police Chief David Brooks, the incident remains under investigation.

A bus driver found deflated tires on buses parked on Capital Avenue next to the Public Works site. In total, 23 tires were deflated on 15 buses, school officials said. A majority were front tires. None were slashed and no other damage was found.

Also, heater cords for all diesel buses were stolen.

After the tires were inflated — some had to be remounted — the school opted to send the buses to Don’s Automotive for an overall safety check. The work took most of the day.

The vandalism occurred over the weekend of March 2 and 3. 


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