A final decision has been made to close an elementary school in Glastonbury.
The school board voted to close the Eastbury Elementary School on Neipsic Road.
It said a consulting firm recommended closing the school after studying enrollment projections in the town. The superintendent said the district started looking at the possibility of closing two schools in 2014, if student enrollment fell too much.
The board said it voted 7 to 1 in favor of closing the school. Now, the roughly 260 students will be reassigned.
Tom Gorman is a parent of four children, three who attended Eastbury School. He said he thinks closing the school isn't the right move for the town.
"It's not just a building, it's a community and we've come together to defend it and it's a shame at the results of last night," Gorman said.
The closure is expected to happen after the 2017-2018 academic year.
It is unclear at this time where the students will be moved to.
Glastonbury superintendent Dr. Alan Bookman issued a statement late Tuesday morning:
"The decision to close Eastbury was a difficult one for the Glastonbury Board of Education. It was clear that because of declining enrollment, classroom space was available for all students without the classrooms at Eastbury. Most important, these students would continue to receive high quality education in other Glastonbury schools.
At the same time, Eastbury parents love their school, their teachers, and their principal. They would prefer that their school remain open.
After much research, careful examination, and input from the community, the Board made its decision to consolidate and close Eastbury. Now, we will begin the work, with our consultants, to develop multiple redistricting plans to present to the community for input so that the Board can choose the best plan for all Glastonbury students."
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