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Elementary school could close due to lack of students

The MSAD 11 School Board says a committee recommended to them that the school should be closed. (WGME)

RANDOLPH (WGME) – An elementary school in Randolph could soon be closed.

School officials blame low enrollment, but parents are hoping to voice their concerns at a meeting Tuesday night.

Right now, there are only 41 students enrolled at the TC Hamlin School. Officials say that's hindering the students’ education, but parents say losing the school will hurt their entire community.

The MSAD 11 School Board says a committee recommended to them that the school should be closed.

It’s been a discussion for years, but with a declining student body, officials say they've had to combine classes and grades.

While it’s not official yet, parents say there hasn’t been enough public input.

If the school were to close, the 41 students would be transferred to the school in Pittston, where new modular classrooms are being built.

If the board choses to close TC Hamlin, Randolph voters would be able to vote on that decision, and if they want to keep it open, the town would have to pays its operating costs, which could mean higher taxes.

While parents hope it doesn’t come to that, school officials say their vote is to give a better education.

Tuesday’s meeting for public comment will be at the school at 6 p.m. Then the school board will make a final vote February 26 on whether to close the school.

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