GRANVILLE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Southwick, Tolland, and Granville Regional School Committee voted during Wednesday’s meeting to close the Granville Village School. After the committee voted 5 to 2 in favor of closing the school, angry parents and residents walked out of the meeting.
The Granville committee member who announced she’d vote against closing the Granville Village School received a standing ovation Wednesday night, but her vote, wouldn’t be enough to keep it open.
Jessica Shanti, who’s daughter attends the school, said she was upset by the outcome. “I feel like we’re not represented. It’s very difficult, and it’s going to take me a little while to get over it. Also, I attended the school, my family attended the school. It’s a huge tradition and it’s what Granville takes pride in.”
Despite a protest and concerns over class size and busing, the committee voted to close the Granville Village School; which will free up $1-million to reinvest into the school district. The Southwick School Superintendent Jennifer Willard said she’ll work with parents and students to welcome the Granville students.
“Looking at what makes Granville Village School so special, because we’ve heard how special it is and we don’t want those traditions lost, we will bring the students down to visit the schools, and to let them know that they will be a part of the schools,” said Willard.
The Granville Village School will close at the end of this school year.
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