Nashua explores taking over Brentwood School
The Southeastern Regional Education Service Center, SERESC, which formerly operated the Brentwood school, announced several weeks ago that the school would be closing on July 1. According to SERESC Executive Director Richard LaSalle, Brentwood, which provided an alternative program for teens with emotional and educational challenges, was no longer financially viable.
LaSalle said that surrounding school districts that formerly sent students to Brentwood have been opting to provide in-district services to those teens. With declining tuition payments from those districts, SERESC was unable to keep up with the cost of maintaining the school.
“We didn’t expect it,” said Nashua Superintendent Mark Conrad. “Closing on such short notice left us with two concerns.”
Conrad proposed that idea to the Board of Education this week, and members seemed inclined to find a way to make it work.
“We would expect to pay that or more with other placements,” he said.
“It was sad to have to close the school,” said LaSalle. “But the degree to which Nashua has come in to try to continue to provide those services to these children has been positive.”
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