Orland residents back plan to close school by nearly 2-1

Posted May 10, 2011, at 12:21 p.m.
Last modified May 10, 2011, at 12:40 p.m.

ORLAND, Maine — With a heavy turnout on Monday, voters backed the plan to close the Orland Consolidated School at the end of this year.

With 753 ballots cast, the turnout was “unprecedented” for a municipal election, according to Town Clerk Connie Brown, providing a good cross-section of the town.

The results were 469-281 in favor of the RSU 24 plan to close the school and consolidate all programs and classes at the school buildings in Bucksport. That move was part of a wider, district-wide cost-cutting plan in an effort to offset the loss of $890,000 in state subsidy in the coming year.