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Newtown school officials weigh options in school closure

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) Newtown Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi, Jr. says the Facility and Enrollment Study Committee endorses the closure of an elementary school in the district.

Hawley Elementary School was the focus of Erardi's presentation Tuesday to the Board of Education, but cost estimates were also provided if Newtown Middle School were closed.

Erardi says a recent downturn in enrollment was projected for years, even before the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

A study presented to the Board of Education listed seven possible configurations for the district. Closing an elementary school was outlined in four configurations. Three outlined closing Newtown Middle School.

Erardi says he expects the school board will continue looking at the option of closing a school in the district over the coming months.

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