SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 60 parents, teachers and students gathered in the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School auditorium Monday night. For months, school officials have been considering whether they should close the Granville Village School, due to declining enrollment and financial cutbacks.
A study by the New England School Development Council determined that the district could save nearly $1-million annually if they close the school. The study also notes that the school needs new a roof, new energy efficient windows, and technology upgrades.
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Some residents of Granville, however, say that the school is a fundamental part of their community, and part of the reason that they enjoy living there. Jaime Bey-Hewes of Granville told 22News, “The factors of buying our home there are the small community, the small school where we felt she would get a better education, and smaller numbers in the classroom. We are a small community, but we are a community that comes together.”
If Granville Village is closed, students would be bused to Southwick. By combining schools, the study says it would still keep the district’s class maximum size under 24 students.
Granville previously regionalized with the Southwick-Tolland Regional School District, to form the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District.