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School to reopen next fall after mold problem

Posted February 15, 2021 8:31 a.m. EST
Updated February 15, 2021 8:32 a.m. EST

— A Vermont school that closed because of a mold problem and dropping enrollment plans to reopen next fall as the district deals with a sudden rise of students and the coronavirus protocols.

The Windsor Central Supervisory Union has spent between $700,000 and $800,000 on renovations to the Prosper Valley School in Pomfret, WCAX-TV reported.

“By the time we are ready for next fall, it’s going to be basically a brand new school,” said interim Superintendent Sherry Sousa.

The district had always planned to reopen the school but it's become more urgent because of an increase in enrollment at another school in the district, the Woodstock Elementary School, Sousa said. That school now has more than 300 students and she would prefer around 200 in the building, she said.

The increased enrollment has made it impossible for all Woodstock Elementary School students to return to full in-person learning while still maintaining social distancing.

The current recommendation is for Prosper Valley to house all fifth- and sixth-graders from Pomfret, Bridgewater, Reading and Woodstock, which would remove 85 students from the Woodstock Elementary School.

Discussions are planned virtually between the towns, and then the school board will make the final decision.

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