Parents Upset Over Vote to Close Middlefield Elementary School

Parents in Middlefield plan to speak out against the planned closure of an elementary school after the Board of Education voted in favor of the plan.

The school board of Regional School District 13 voted Monday night to close John Lyman School in two years. They said a drop in enrollment and reduced state aid are to blame. The district already closed Korn School two years ago, and was reviewing a study to reduce the remaining schools to reduce costs.

However, Chairman of the Board of Education Bob Moore said the vote wasn’t originally scheduled, and that there was supposed to be a public meeting and a resident survey first. Additional discussion is planned at a meeting Wednesday.

"Many more steps in analysis, program development and integration, the merging of a contemporary and integrated day transition, engineering design, funding and approvals are needed in this process over the next two years before a school closure could occur," Moore said.

Parents caught wind of the news and reached out to NBC Connecticut. Right now the school houses about 240 students.

The public meeting is set for Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Coginchaug Regional High School.

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