Parents Oppose Closing Fowler Elementary

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Some Gouverneur Central School residents aren't happy with a proposal to close one of the district's elementary schools.

The district held a public hearing Monday night to outline a proposal to close Fowler elementary.

If they close the school, officials plan to relocate the 118  students to the district's two other elementary schools, where there are a total of 10 empty classrooms.

Some parents at Monday night's meeting don't want that to happen.

"It's a close-knit family atmosphere that my kids seem to react to that system very well," said Fowler parent David Fenlong.

"I moved out knowing that I wanted to buy a house in Fowler so my children could go and have the great experience that I did in Fowler school," Tara Richards said.

Monday's session was the first of three meetings to get feedback from the community. The next one is scheduled for February 11.

The school board hopes to make a decision by February 25.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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