BETHEL — The SAD 44 board will likely take action Monday on whether to approve the lease of a portion of the Norway Savings Bank building for the district’s central offices.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the Telstar High School library.

Although Superintendent David Murphy did not disclose the proposed lease amount for approximately 1,900 square feet in the bank building at One Parkway, he said it would be substantially less than the costs associated with the current site at the former Ethel Bisbee School on Philbrook Street.

If the board approves the lease, central offices would make the move in July.

In the meantime, the district is putting together cost figures for the operation of the Woodstock and Andover schools and will soon submit them to the state Department of Education.

He said a primary topic for the board’s next meeting at 7 pm. Jan. 24 at the Woodstock Elementary School will be the future of the two schools. The board could vote to close one or both of the schools at the Feb. 14 meeting at Crescent Park Elementary School in Bethel.

That is the school students would attend if the two smaller schools do close.

Woodstock and Andover residents could vote to keep their schools open, however, they would have to pay the operating costs. Those votes could be held as early as April.

Murphy said if the board does vote to close one or both of the schools, the operating costs would not be included in the 2011-12 budget.

Andover currently has a student population of about 30 in three classrooms. Three teachers and several support or specialty staff work at the school.

Woodstock’s student enrollment is about 77 in six classrooms. Six teachers and several support or specialty staff work out of that school.

If the schools are closed, some positions would likely be lost, while some would be transferred to Crescent Park.

“Closing schools is nothing the district wants to do, but it is more and more difficult to keep small schools open,” Murphy said.

Murphy said he believes 2011-12 could likely be the last of the very difficult fiscal years the district has faced. The current operating budget of $9.1 million included staff reductions of more than a dozen employees.

This school year is also the last year the district will have federal stimulus funds.

Also on Monday, the board will enter into two, separate disciplinary hearings for two middle school students.

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