Lawsuit settlement reached on Thornton Burgess Middle School

Hampden County

HAMPDEN, Mass. (WWLP) – After years of debate, a settlement has finally been reached regarding the Thornton Burgess Middle School in Hampden.

The Hampden and Wilbraham Select Boards, the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, and the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School Committee all met Tuesday night to officially pass the lawsuit settlement.

The Thornton Burgess Middle School located at 85 Wilbraham Road in Hampden will officially close to students, however it will be continued to be used by the district for youth programs.

The Green Meadows Elementary School located at 38 North Road in Hampden will be used as a K through 8. Now, moving forward, the two towns will work together to come up with a permanent, long-term plan for students in the Hampden-Wilbraham school district.

Under this agreement, at least one school in the district will still remain in Hampden.

An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect spelling for Thornton Burgess Middle School. It also indicted the school will close, however it will remain open to be used by the district for youth programs. The errors have been corrected.

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