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Family continues to fight for children to stay in Middlebury schools

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A family’s address says Middlebury but their home is technically in Waterbury, and for years they didn’t know it.

That was until they found out their two children would be dis-enrolled from their Middlebury school and be sent to Waterbury.

On Wednesday, Heather and Jaimie Murray walked into New Britain court trying to come to a settlement with the Region 15 school district. However no agreement was made.

“Ideally, we want them to stay through graduation because that's what we signed up for when we bought the house,” Heather Murray said.

The fight stems from the placement of their home on Richardson Road, which sits on the Waterbury-Middlebury line, but the house itself is in Waterbury.

Region 15 officials said the majority of Murray’s taxes go to Waterbury, even though 5th grader Faith and 7th grader Alijah have been in Middlebury their entire academic life.

Attorney Paul Edwards represents the Murray family and said they aren’t in violation of the residency rules, even as spelled out by Region 15.

“You can't do a bait-and-switch and say here's our criteria over here, have a family like the Murrays meet that, go to school for eight years and say, 'well, that's not really our criteria, our criteria is what's in the statute.' That's what's happened here,” Edwards said.

A judge will decide the fate of the students schooling, but the appeal process is a lengthy one.

The two children will be in Middlebury for the rest of the school year, but it will be a tumultuous summer for their parents.

“We're willing to move to elsewhere within the region and at this point, we'd even like to, now knowing what the issues of living on a boundary line causes,” Murray said.

Since the process is being drawn out, there’s no exact date as to when a judge will make a final decision.

In the past, school district officials said they would abide with what the court decides.

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