HAMPDEN, Mass. (WWLP) – The vote to merge Hampden and Wilbraham’s middle schools failed, but at a meeting Tuesday night, 22News found out a regional agreement allows the school committee to accept transfer requests between the two schools.
Mary Ellen Glover of Hampden said, “Through some devious methods, they are trying to undermine the enrollment of the (Thornton W. Burgess Middle) school, so that the school will have to eventually close.”
School Committee Chairman Lisa Morace told 22News, “I am not sitting at home conspiring to close TWB; I love TWB, but that is something we need to make educational decisions that are in the best interest of the students in the district, and they also need to be fiscally sound.”
The school committee also said next year’s fifth graders will stay at Green Meadows Elementary School in Hampden, rather than move on to TWB. Some residents protested the decisions before Tuesday’s meeting.
The school committee will be accepting transfer requests until December 22nd, each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
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