Due to shrinking funding, Monticello’s Wellington School’s out forever

Posted June 30, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
Pre-K teacher Crystal Folsom gets a hug from first-graders on the last day of school in Monticello.
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Pre-K teacher Crystal Folsom gets a hug from first-graders on the last day of school in Monticello.
Students run to school on Route 1 on their way to the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine.
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Students run to school on Route 1 on their way to the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine.
Students leave for home on the final day of school at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
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Students leave for home on the final day of school at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
A school bus passes a silhouette of a moose in front of the Blue Moose restaurant on Route 1 in Monticello, Maine.
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A school bus passes a silhouette of a moose in front of the Blue Moose restaurant on Route 1 in Monticello, Maine.
Students line up in the hall at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine.
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Students line up in the hall at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine.
Boxes are stacked below a display on a bulletin board of student's favorite school memories at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
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Boxes are stacked below a display on a bulletin board of student's favorite school memories at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
A student's favorite school memory is displayed on a wall at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
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A student's favorite school memory is displayed on a wall at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Birthday girl Anna Foreman shows off a missing tooth during lunchtime at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine.
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Birthday girl Anna Foreman shows off a missing tooth during lunchtime at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine.
Principal Cindy Peterson slaps a high-five while handing out awards at an assembly on the final day of school at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
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Principal Cindy Peterson slaps a high-five while handing out awards at an assembly on the final day of school at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Olivia Drake, right, receives a medal for perfect attendance along with classmates Summer Violette, left, and Sierra Savoy during an assembly on the final day of school at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
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Olivia Drake, right, receives a medal for perfect attendance along with classmates Summer Violette, left, and Sierra Savoy during an assembly on the final day of school at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Janitor Danny Moreau, center, was given a mop as a joke at an assembly on the final day of school at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
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Janitor Danny Moreau, center, was given a mop as a joke at an assembly on the final day of school at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
A family that has been residents of Monticello for four generations poses after an assembly at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Posing with 9-year-old Cody Johnston on his last day of school is his brother Dylan, 15, mother Jennifer Johnston, standing, grandmother Doris Sargent, left, and great-grandmother Louise Peterson.
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A family that has been residents of Monticello for four generations poses after an assembly at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Posing with 9-year-old Cody Johnston on his last day of school is his brother Dylan, 15, mother Jennifer Johnston, standing, grandmother Doris Sargent, left, and great-grandmother Louise Peterson.
Kindergartner Russell Emery, center, gives a big to teacher's assistant Ashley Porter on the final day of school at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
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Kindergartner Russell Emery, center, gives a big to teacher's assistant Ashley Porter on the final day of school at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Kindergarten teacher Susan McMann gets a hug from a student as school is dismissed for the final time at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
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Kindergarten teacher Susan McMann gets a hug from a student as school is dismissed for the final time at the Wellington public school in Monticello, Maine, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

MONTICELLO, Maine — Across the state, school is now out for summer. At the Wellington School, school is out forever.

With shrinking funding from the state and taxpayers unwilling or unable to make up the difference, the Regional School Unit 29 board decided in April that it would be best to bus the kids of Monticello to Houlton Elementary next year, 14 miles away.

At an assembly on the final day at the Wellington School, principal Cindy Peterson fought back tears as she high-fived students while handing out awards.

The tiny school with less than 70 students has a lot to be proud of — in a ranking of the 271 elementary schools across the state, Wellington came in at No. 10.

 

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