More details to come on closing of Ridge Farm school

More details to come on closing of Ridge Farm school

GEORGETOWN — School officials said this week that they would provide more detailed information about the financial savings from closing Ridge Farm Elementary School.

And they said they would consider involving Ridge Farm residents in the discussion of what will happen to the school after it closes.

Last month, the school board voted to address a $1.1 million deficit in the $10 million district budget by approving a 14.03 percent increase to the tax levy, and voting to close Ridge Farm Elementary at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

Ridge Farm Elementary, which was built in the late 1980s following the 1986-87 consolidation of the Georgetown and Ridge Farm school districts, currently houses about 150 fourth- and fifth-graders. Younger students attend Pine Crest Elementary School, and older students attend Mary Miller Junior High School or Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School.

Superintendent Jean Henigman-Neal estimates that the district can save $300,000 a year by closing the school, and moving its students and most of its staff to Pine Crest Elementary. The change will put about 520 students at Pine Crest Elementary next year, Neal has said.

Neal has also said that the state owes the district about $511,000 in general state aid and about $40,000 in transportation costs from last year, and she expects to see the state reduce this year's payments by at least that much again.