Schools' futures to be decided Monday

BETHEL — The SAD 44 board is expected to decide Monday whether or not to close the Andover and Woodstock elementary schools.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Telstar High School library.

About 75 people turned out at a board meeting Monday, with most advocating to keep the Woodstock school open. There was considerable discussion about the possibility of modifying the school to save about $120,000. Modifications could include eliminating administration and creating multi-grade classrooms. There are 75 pupils in grades kindergarten to five.

The Andover school, with a pupil population of about 30 in grades kindergarten to five, has three multi-grade classrooms.

The school-closing options are in response to a $1.2 million budget gap for 2011-12 due to lower state and federal aid and higher fixed costs.

A two-thirds vote of the board is required to close a school.

Woodstock and Andover voters can decide to pay the costs of keeping their schools open for one year, and the district would review the situation again.

eadams@sunjournal.com

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BROOKS MORTON's picture

read the article! SAD#44?

read the article! SAD#44?

Pat Meek's picture

Schools

I didn't know the Andover and Woodstock schools had anything to to with the Norway/Oxford areas. Will be interesting to see what the fate of these two schools is. Can they or will they choose to spend their tax dollars to keep one or both open? Maybe Woodstock but I don't think the residents of Andover will be willing to pay the cost.

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