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D11 to vote on adding grades

By TRACI HASTINGS

Chronicle Staff Writer

CHAPLIN — Voters in Regional School District 11 aren’t done: they will return to the polls Thursday as well.

A district referendum will be held in Chaplin, Hampton and Scotland to decide whether to add grades to the region.

District 11 includes Parish Hill Middle/High School, and Chaplin Elementary School. Hampton and Scotland also send students to Parish Hill. However, the Hampton and Scotland elementary schools are outside the central office compact, so while Chaplin and Parish Hill share administrative services, Hampton and Scotland have separate administrations.

The question posed to voters at the polls will be, “Shall students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grades (from all three towns) be added to Regional School District 11?”

If voters approve this, then the district will have one board of education, instead of the four that now oversee each of the four schools, and one superintendent and special education administration for the entire region.

This vote is separate from another matter before the district. While a committee was convened to study whether to add or withdraw grades to District 11, ultimately choosing to add, a separate study was launched on whether dissolution is a better option for the district.

If the recommendation of the study committee is to dissolve the district, then the matter must be put to a referendum vote as well, and each town must have a majority in favor the dissolution in order for it to take place.

That study committee is expected to make its recommendation for or against dissolution at the start of the new calendar year.

The referendum will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chaplin Fire Department, located at 106 Phoenixville Road/Route 198; the Hampton Town Hall, located at 164 Main Street/Route 97; and the Scotland Public Safety Complex, located at 47 Brook Road.

The full report of the study committee is available on each town’s website, at www.chaplinct.org, www.hamptonct.org and www.scotlandct.org.

 

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