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Middleton mulls a new school

After voting to establish a building committee last month, the School Board is asking residents to help determine whether to construct an elementary school in the future.

Last March, Middleton residents voted 167-63 to form a withdrawal study committee, which first convened June 25.

Per state law, the committee has 180 days to determine whether withdrawal is "feasible and suitable" or submit a plan to the state Board of Education.
The draft study currently proposes for the town to withdraw — either partially or entirely — from the existing AREA agreement, which was enacted with Farmington in 1972, and enter a tuition agreement with Gov. Wentworth, which includes Brookfield, Effingham, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro.
One option proposes to keep Middleton students through Grade 6 in Farmington while sending Grades 7-12 to Gov. Wentworth.

The other, which is contingent on Middleton building a school, would withdraw all students from Farmington schools, according to the draft report. If approved by the state, officials plan to ask residents to vote on the issue.
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