Children head back to school amid property line battle - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Children head back to school amid property line battle

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MIDDLEBURY, CT (WFSB) -

After a property line dispute got two children dis-enrolled from their school, a judge is now sending them back to class while things get worked out in court.

A Waterbury judge granted the Murrays a stay in the Middlebury school district during their battle with the Region 15 district.

The Murray’s home straddles the line between Middlebury and Waterbury, and they pay taxes in both towns, and admit that it hasn’t been balanced.

“The vast majority is paid to Waterbury,” said Attorney Paul Edwards.

Middlebury collected $210 last year, and once the property line issue was discovered, the region dis-enrolled the Murray’s children from school on Thanksgiving weekend.

For the last week, with no school to attend and the court battle looming, fifth-grade student Faith and seventh-grade student Alijah have gone out with their dad, campaigning to get back to the schools they have attended all along.

“I was standing out there and it was freezing cold, but I was like, 'it can make a difference,' so I did it,” Alijah Murray said.

On Monday, a judge allowed the students to continue to go to Middlebury schools while the appeal is heard.

“It was a flood of relief and gratitude that my kids can go back to school tomorrow,” said Heather Murray, the children’s’ mother.

“I can't wait to see all my friends and teachers,” Alijah Murray said.

The district said it is working with the family and released a statement that said “Region 15 will certainly abide by the direction of the court; therefore, the Murray children will be re-enrolled in their Region 15 schools tomorrow and will remain there until the family's appeal is decided by the court.”

The Murrays said they are glad, but understand the fight is far from over. They said they want their children in Middlebury until graduation.

“It wasn’t a win, but a small victory and I’m happy,” Heather Murray said.

The children will be back to school on Tuesday. It is unclear if the students will stay there until the end of the school year, and if they lose the appeal, the family has a backup school in Waterbury for next year.

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