May 27, 2018
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Palmyra votes to keep school building

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

PALMYRA, Maine — Residents voted Saturday morning to keep the land and building that formerly housed Palmyra Consolidated School.

The school board decided it was too costly to keep the school open and had offered the building and land to the town.

According to Town Clerk Val Sprague, the vote was almost unanimous among the 63 people who went to the 10 a.m. special town meeting.

The town has not decided what will become of the school, but there has been talk about possibly moving public offices into it or renting the property to local day care providers.

A committee was recently formed to decide what the town should do, according to Sprague.

Had the town voters rejected the land, it would have gone back to the school district, RSU 19, which covers Corinna, Hartland, Newport, Palmyra, Plymouth, St. Albans, Etna and Dixmont. But, Sprague said, “we would have lost the land it was sitting on, and a lot of it is close to where the town garage is.”

The town raised $15,000 in tax money to pay for operating costs for the building until January.

The school stopped housing students as of this September. The students were reassigned to other schools in Hartland, Corinna and Newport.

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