Possible school closures upsets Middletown parents

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — It could not be more convenient for Kelly Williams to get her 5-year-old son to school.

“He walks right there a few feet,” Williams said. “Crossing guard right there to greet all the children.”

He’s a student at Macdonough Elementary in Middletown. And it’s literally across the street from her home.

“The children walk across,” Williams said. “I just watch and he says ‘bye mommy’ and runs into the school every morning.”

Macdonough is a historic, neighborhood school that generations have filtered through over the decades. Things could change drastically now that the school is being eyed for possible closure. A way to save money, proposed by the Middletown Board of Education.

The superintendent’s office did not respond to requests from News 8. If Macdonough were to close, the students would most likely be sent across town, to Spencer Elementary.

“Obviously inconvenient for him to go somewhere 3 to 4 miles away,” Williams said. “We’d have to get up earlier. It would affect my whole schedule.”

If Macdonough stays open, conversely Spencer could be closed. A Board of Ed committee will meet Tuesday. And a final decision on which of the schools to close, if any, will be made in November.

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