Nashua Program at Brentwood signs up for one more year in Merrimack

The Nashua Program at Brentwood, an alternative high school for students with intensive needs, will remain in its present location on the Merrimack High School campus for one more year.

The Nashua School District has operated the program since the fall after the Bedford-based education consulting firm Southeastern Regional Educational Service Center closed the school in spring 2014.

SERESC ran the alternative high school out of the little red building in Merrimack for more than 30 years, and still owns the site.

The latest lease will probably be the last, since SERESC said it plans to open a charter school in the building by fall 2016.

The lease for the 11,000-square-foot space lasts from Aug. 1-June 30, 2016, for the same rent as the previous agreement, a total of $123,260.

The program has done well under the Nashua School District. The student body grew from 10 enrollments in August 2014 to 15 in February and may expand to accommodate up to 24 students next fall.

The current capacity is 16 students.

Superintendent Mark Conrad said the district hopes to find a suitable location in Nashua to run the program after the lease in Merrimack expires.