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Parents against school consolidation proposal in Enfield

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Nathan Hale School  (WFSB file photo) Nathan Hale School (WFSB file photo)
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

An Enfield school may soon close its doors for good.

District leaders have proposed shutting down Hale Elementary in order to save money.

The idea was presented on Tuesday night at a public meeting, and was met by disgust from the Hale parents that Eyewitness News spoke with.

Enfield Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann said the district needs to fine ways to save money because of possible budget challenges looming in the future.

On Tuesday night, he pitched the plan to closed Hale Elementary after the current school year ends.

The students would be dispersed among the three remaining kindergarten through second grade schools in Enfield.

Schumann said even though enrollments at Barnard, Enfield Street School, and Memorial Elementary would rise, class sizes would actually decrease slightly in most cases because of added staff after the shuffle.

Schumann says he understands why the proposal would be upsetting to Hale students and parents but the plan would save the district about $250,000 per year, which would make a big difference for all Enfield students.

“I empathize with them, I realize it is emotional for them. It is something that we are compelled to investigate,” Schumann said.

Hale parents said the money is not justification for pulling the plug on a school their children love.

“I think that sometimes they look at numbers and don't look at the whole picture. And just like the reorganization that they did before it impacts a lot of us a lot,” said Linda Leander, who is a Hale Elementary School parent.

The school board is mulling over the plan and could vote on it as soon as next month's meeting.

Seven or eight positions would be eliminated if the plan goes through, but the superintendent believes because of anticipated retirements that no layoffs would be necessary. 

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