Middleton mulls a new school
October 21. 2013 9:41PM
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.
For more information, go to sau61.org and middletonnh.gov.