The Lighthouse program’s five-week summer session scheduled to start June 30, the Board of Education will revisit a $500,000 rental fee levied against the program in a special meeting Wednesday, 5pm in room 305 of City Hall. According to the agenda, the school board will discuss and examine a legal opinion “regarding Lighthouse rental fees” by the board’s legal counsel Shipman and Goodwin.
Lighthouse operates after-school and summer programs in 23 schools. The cash-strapped school board ordered the program to pay up or face eviction.
School board member Maria Pereira wrote recently in a commentary, “In these 24 years, the Lighthouse Program has not paid the Bridgeport Board of Education a single dollar in rental fees, heating, cooling, WPCA, food, custodial, hand soap, paper towel, toilet tissue … Lighthouse is a city program funded through federal, state, municipal funds and parent fees. It is not a BBOE program, yet we are burdened with significant costs associated with operation of this program.”