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Voters to decide fate of 75-year-old New Hartford school

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NEW HARTFORD,CT (WFSB) -

Voters in New Hartford will decide the fate of the Bakerville Consolidated School in a referendum vote on Tuesday.

After nearly 75 years, the school was slated to close after a unanimous vote by the town Board of Education back in December. It cited declining enrollment, safety concerns, and potential cost savings.  

A number of parents told Eyewitness News that they were furious over the decision because it was made without public input.

They're hoping Tuesday's advisory referendum will lead to the Board taking a different route.

"I just think that the boards in this town should listen to the people," said Christine Sullivan, a Bakerville teacher.

They called the school a valuable part of the community and that it's closure is a great loss.

On the other hand, some feel the board's decision was the right call. Chuck Calder is one of them.

"I don't think we have enough students in this town to have three grammar schools," he said.

The decision will leave the town with two other elementary schools that students would be divided between.

Kindergarten students and first graders will go to New Hartford Elementary School. Second graders will go to the Ann Antolini School, town officials said.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at two locations.

First District voters can head to Town Hall at 530 Main St. The Second District votes at the South End Fire House on Antolini Road.

A board meeting is set for next Tuesday night. though it's unclear what it will do after the results of Tuesday's referendum.

Eyewitness News reached out to the board but has not heard back.

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