Newtown considers closing a school as district loses 200 students per year

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NEWTOWN — Newtown officials are discussing the possibility of closing one of the town's seven schools, despite the ongoing construction of a replacement for the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Newtown has accepted a $50 million state grant for the new Sandy Hook school, which will replace the one demolished in the wake of December 2012 shooting that killed 26 people.

Superintendent Joseph Erardi is scheduled to present a study on the future of the district Tuesday night to the Board of Education.

He told parents at a recent forum that only two schools are exempt from being considered as closing targets, Newtown High School and the Sandy Hook school.

Enrollment projections from a private consultant last fall projected the town will lose about 200 students per year for the next several years.