June 20, 2018
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Lubec tally on school closure: 288-197

By Diana Graettinger

LUBEC, Maine — Voters Tuesday approved an advisory referendum to close the town’s high school by a vote of 288 to 197.

Although voters decided the question on Tuesday, town officials did not count the vote until Friday because of the push to get the results of the federal and state elections completed.

In August, the School Board appointed a study committee to look at the question of closing the high school. Over the past three months, the study committee collected information on operating the high school versus the cost of sending students to another school. The committee planned to report its findings to the school board the Thursday after the general election, then hold a public meeting so that people could review the report. The school board then would schedule the vote on the future of the high school at the same time in December that residents will vote on the town’s projected alternative organization structure, which was demanded by the state as part of its regionalization of central offices for schools.

However, one study committee member believed it was logical to put the question before voters on Tuesday be-cause of the higher than expected turnout.

Lubec’s high school has 42 students, four classroom teachers and one each for art and physical education. There also is a principal and a special education coordinator.

Along with their votes, residents also were asked to comment why they had voted the way they did.

The results of the vote and the citizen comments will be presented to the school board at its next regular meet-ing.

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