Why aren’t we building one unified elementary school between the two towns?
There are several reasons that the District is not pursuing a single elementary school on the School Street/Southern Avenue corridor.
The Regional agreement between the two towns says that each town will retain an elementary school.
Several years ago, the District conducted a study to determine if the towns wanted a single elementary or two neighborhood schools. The results of that study were that the majority of residents in both towns (more than 600 responses) wanted to retain their neighborhood schools.
When convening the current school building committee, the committee revisited the one school option, but determined that the following factors precluded the District from pursuing that solution:
The MSBA does not reimburse for site acquisition costs. The cost of any purchase of land would be fully borne by the two towns.
The MSBA caps site development cost reimbursement at 8%, which, for a new site, would be a considerable expense.
All utilities would have to be brought to the newly acquired site, which MSBA will not reimburse.
All elementary school students would have to be transported to the new site—a costly increase to our annual expenses.
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