Parents in Enfield used a last ditch effort to keep Nathan Hale Elementary open despite the school board’s vote on Tuesday night to close it.
Parents are challenging the legality of the vote.
They took action last night in the meeting and plan to bring a petition with thousands of signatures to the Board of Education on Wednesday morning.
Tuesday’s packed board meeting was supposed to result in action one way or another regarding the future of the popular school.
Board members voted 5 to 4 to close Nathan Hale, a move expected to save the district $250,000. However, a former board member said the vote did not count.
“The vote is ‘yes or no’ and we had a board member, Ray Peabody, said ‘affirmative.’ That is not a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.'” said Elizabeth Davis, a parent.
Davis was among the parents furious over calls to close the school.
She was vocal at previous meetings and brought up signatures collected to keep Nathan Hale open.
Many parents said the decision to close it had nothing to do with what’s best for the children and included putting them in larger classes and forcing some to be bused further from home.
“The petition is not to close Nathan Hale or any schools in our town until the Board of [Education] hands over a long term educational plan for the education in town, which we don’t have,” Davis added.
One board member told Eyewitness News that she and her colleagues have agonized over this decision for weeks, but enrollment became the deciding factor.
Board members said they believe the vote was legal, but are checking with counsel to verify it.
Nathan Hale is expected to close in September.
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