A referendum in the three towns that make up the Region 12 school district has led to approval of a new agriscience center. Washington, Bridgewater and Roxbury residents approved the proposed project at Shepaug Valley High School 1,663 votes in favor and 757 votes opposed.
The state would cover 70 percent of the $39.5 million estimated cost. The balance would fall on local taxpayers.
Supporters say this will help stem declining enrollment by attracting new families and boosting funds to the towns through out-of-town enrollment. Opponents say the enrollment projections are inflated and the estimated costs are too low.