At its meeting tonight, Monday, Dec. 17, the Weston school board tabled “indefinitely” any discussion or decision regarding sharing space at Hurlbutt Elementary School — specifically the North House portion of the school — with the town.
The board had been expected to talk about and vote on offering part of North House for municipal use. Due to projections of continued declining enrollment in the district at the younger grade levels, the board had been considering allowing the town government to use the space. There was talk of moving the Weston Senior Center, currently located in South House at Hurlbutt, to North House so that South House could be converted back to usable classroom space. Whether other town offices could be located at the elementary school was expected to be a part of tonight’s discussion.
However, Weston Superintendent Colleen Palmer began Monday night’s meeting with a discussion about the shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, in which 20 six- and seven-year-old children and six adults were killed by a gunman, who also killed his mother and himself.
The incident changes how administrators must look at the situation, Dr. Palmer said. While she said she does not fear sharing school space, she is looking at the emotions of the children in the school and how they might feel about it, she said. This brought applause from many members of the public in attendence.
Dr. Palmer recommended the board “table indefinitely” the North House issue. A motion to do so made by board member Denise Harvey was approved unanimously.