The Harwood Union school board is inviting public comments on plans that could close an elementary school in the Mad River Valley.
The first of two meetings will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at Harwood Union High School, where parents and taxpayers can weigh in on three proposals to change the way students are educated in the valley.
Those proposals include:
• Keep pre-K-4 classes at Warren and Waitsfield, while using Moretown Elementary for early childhood education and closing the doors of Fayston Elementary.
• Keep three of the four valley schools open, but only for pre-K through grade 4, and closing the fourth school.
In both scenarios, all students in grades five through eight would attend Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury.
• Close Fayston, while keeping Moretown, Waitsfield and Warren open for pre-K through 6.
The realignment is tied to the board’s plan to ask voters to approve a bond to finance repairs to the high school and Thatcher Brook Primary School, and possibly renovations at Crossett Brook, depending on the realignment plan chosen by the board. Depending on the plan, the bond amount could range from $31.5 million to $39.1 million, and add between 10 cents and 15 cents per $100 of value to the property tax rate — $200 to $300 per year on the bill for a house worth $200,000.
The board aims to make a decision about the Mad River Valley Schools in November, finalize the bond proposal in January, and seek voter approval in March.
The second public forum is Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at Crossett Brook.
On Wednesday, district administrators presented the plans to the school board; the meeting occurred after press time, but there will be coverage of it in next week’s paper.
Correction: The print version of this article listed the wrong day for the first forum.