Declining student enrollment in Newtown has the Board of Education considering a school closure. During their meeting last week, the group discussed whether to close Newtown Middle School and change the district grade level configuration.
The Board of Ed previously decided not to close an elementary school in town.
The Newtown Bee reports that the Future Forecast Committee proposed having elementary schools be kindergarten through 4th grade buildings, and Reed Intermediate School host 5th through 7th graders. Newtown High School would then add 8th graders to the building.
The published report says that one scenario would mean selling the Newtown Middle School building and repaying the state for the roof project. The other scenario was to pay maintenance costs of the building, while not operated as a school. The next Board of Education meeting is December 6th.