Emotions High as BOE Considers Space Options
By Jarret Liotta
It was a close 4-to-3 vote — and an emotional earful from dozens of parents — that prompted the Board of Education (BOE) Monday night to rule out the option of closing an elementary school to reconfigure it to solve school space issues.
Board of Education member Candice Savin proposed eliminating from considertion the option of closing an elementary school to reconfigure it following a slew of parent comments in opposition. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com
One suggestion was that a shuttered elementary school become either a sixth grade academy or a new home for Coleytown Middle School (CMS).
By contrast, it was a 6-1 vote to defeat a motion to remove from all consideration making Bedford Middle School (BMS) a combined townwide facility with 1,350 students — despite the BOE’s own Community Advisory Committee (CAC) strongly opposing that option.
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