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Fermi High School building given to town of Enfield

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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Tuesday was finally decision time for Enfield's Board of Education regarding the future of Enrico Fermi High School.

The popular old school is being given to the town of Enfield, as its students move to the newly renovated Enfield High School.

For weeks, board members have sifted through three lengthy reports on Fermi's future.

Tuesday night, they chose to give the building to the town, under a few conditions, including reserving educational spaces within the building.

"I'd just like to see it turn into a middle school," said Scott Cooper of Enfield.

A growing number of people in town said they felt the same. They're behind a petition that's been going around that involves keeping the building as a school.

Critics, however, call it too costly.

Town officials said taxpayers have already spent $103 million for the Enfield High School renovation, which in itself was a big decision.

"The only option the Board is considering is whether the Board wants to move the middle school into Fermi High School," said Dr. Jeffrey Schumann, Enfield's superintendent.

Schumann said if the Board doesn't want a middle school, it would be up to the town to decide what happens with the building.

Under the new conditions, if the Board does not agree, ownership of Fermi would revert to the schools.

Some non-school ideas include a community center or a recreation center. However, those ideas have not been popular among people in town.

The school district would still use Fermi's athletic fields and space inside for its robotics program.

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