“If you don't live in the district, you're not entitled to school accommodations,” said Anthony Shannon, attorney for Region 15. “To allow the Murray's children to attend school on a tuition-free basis is simply unfair to the other residents of the district.”
The Murray’s think of themselves as residents of the district.
Their Richardson Road property is both in Middlebury and Waterbury, and they pay taxes in both towns.
Since the actual home is in Waterbury, the region said it excludes the children from a Middlebury education.
“Residency for school purposes is not determined by address, taxes or where you register your dog,” Shannon said.
In front of an impartial hearing officer for the state, the Murrays entered new exhibits proving they are still meeting the requirements outlined by the very region that is attempting to oust them.
“I could've provided them with anything they asked for,” said Heather Murray.
The Murrays also said the previous homeowners had children who went straight through with a Middlebury education, so they are wondering why their children have to be punished because of the vague registration standards set forth by the region.
“There were mistakes and miscommunication made along the way from day one, and my kids are going to reap the consequences,” Murray said.
Eyewitness News learned this all started with a blight complaint from a neighbor.
It sent a zoning officer to the Murray home, and that is when he discovered the home is in Waterbury.
Murray said she believes her neighbor never thought it would end up like this, but now that they are here it is in the independent hearing officer’s hands.
He will rule before the end of November, and if it goes against the Murrays, the children will be in Waterbury by December.
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