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Eastbury Elementary School in Glastonbury may close

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BOE may close Eastbury Elementary School in Glastonbury. (WFSB) BOE may close Eastbury Elementary School in Glastonbury. (WFSB)

Parents told Eyewitness News they were on edge because of the possibility of an elementary school closing in Glastonbury. 

The Glastonbury Board of Education is considering closing one of its six elementary schools after the 2016-17 school year.

Superintendent of Glastonbury Public Schools Dr. Alan Bookman told Eyewitness News, in 2014, the district began looking at the possibility of closing two schools, if student enrollment fell too much.

"We're not in any position to close two schools into the foreseeable future," Bookman said. "We would be able to close one school."

Bookman said because enrollment has plateaued, the board is now considering shuttering Eastbury Elementary School. Brookman added  if the school closes, the roughly 260 students will be reassigned to a couple of the five remaining elementary schools. 

"They would probably be redistrict to maybe two other schools and then some of the students in those two other schools would then go to the other three schools," Bookman said. 

 Bookman said he wants to reassure parents that board isn't taking the decision lightly. 

"Whether Eastbury closes or not, it is our responsibility to make sure the quality of the education does not change," Bookman said. 

Mother of two Lisa Collette said Eastbury Elementary School is "a great school." 

"It's a great community. We have great community programs," Collette said. "It's just. It's a wonderful place to go to school."

Collette said she is worried about a plan that could close the school within a couple of years. 

"It's nice to know that they will have some people that they are familiar with, but it's just a different feel," Collette said. 

A public hearing was held Monday night. The board could vote as early as next Monday.

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