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Opinions sought on school facilities
November 09, 2017 · Nathan Countryman

The next community meeting for the Lisbon Schools facilities committee is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Old Gym.

The event is another step as the school district considers a bond referendum for facility upgrades.

"At the meeting we will once again be reviewing the bond basics, including the financials generated by both," said Todd Nelson, chair of the facilities committee. "We'll reiterate the financial impacts to residential, businesses and agriculture for each."

Nelson said the meeting will also review the committee's narrowing down of original projects, to what they hope to tackle now with a proposed bond.

"We'll be explaining how we moved from the 37 original projects down to what we have identified as the key needs that we can budget for," Nelson said.

As the committee has been working with the architects from Emergent Architecture over the last few months, they will also start ironing out their thought processes on why they are looking at certain places for items like a proposed track or the amenities they are looking at for a new auditorium.

"We've been meeting since the middle of July, and we've had a lot of time to go into detail on where we are placing items," Nelson said. "We'll explain why we looked at placing the auditorium where we're thinking of placing the auditorium, why we considered the number of seats we're considering, what we're considering for a track. A lot of the fine details we've had time to consider."

Nelson encouraged the community to come to the meeting to hear the plans and offer their opinions.

"We are looking for any opinions," Nelson said. "We appreciate the people who are in support of the plan, as that tells us we're on the right path in our thinking. But we also appreciate people who provide positive constructive criticism on flaws with the plans we're looking at pursuing.

"We're a committee of 20 people who have been meeting and discussing this for 2 1/2 hours a week for months now, and if the 21st or 30th person who looks at this plan and sees something we didn't while it could still be changed or addressed before it comes to a vote, that's extremely helpful. I'd rather we hear those criticisms now before this comes up to a vote."

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