Since closing as a school, Chalk Hill has been used to house the Parks & Recreation offices and its programs, training for Monroe Volunteer Emergency Services, and the Monroe Early Learning Center, a private daycare center for town employees.
But First Selectman Steve Vavrek said a shortfall in projected revenue could run the town an annual deficit of about $300,000 if the school is kept open. He recommended "mothballing" it for a year until a long-term plan is adopted. On Monday, the Town Council followed his advice.
The 2012-13 town budget proposal still must come before the Board of Finance before voters go to the polls for the first referendum.
What do you think? Would you be willing to pay the estimated $38.40 more per household to keep Chalk Hill open as more tenants are sought? Or do you think the building should be closed until a plan is in place?
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