Harpswell to vote on school closure

Posted Jan. 31, 2011, at 2:19 p.m.

HARPSWELL, Maine — Voters in this Maine town are going to be a given a second chance to close a small elementary school as a way to save money.

On Tuesday, voters will cast ballots on a proposal to close the West Harpswell Elementary School and bus students in the kindergarten through grade five school 11 miles to the Harpswell Island School.

Enrollment at the West Harpswell school has been declining since 2002. Even if the two schools are merged, the elementary school would be the smallest in the district.

Opponents say consolidation wouldn’t improve the quality of education.

The Portland Press Herald says that if voters opt to keep the school open they can expect to pay an additional $190,000 in taxes.

Last year voters rejected a similar plan.

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