Sullivan finalizes break from Monadnock School District
The one ballot question that required two-thirds of the vote got 100 percent of the 40 votes cast, approving the town to borrow $185,000 to buy back the land and buildings of the Sullivan Central School. Sullivan also has to pay for improvements made to the school over the past 50 years.
The Sullivan school building could be used as a private school, for warehouse space, office space, industrial use or even residential use, Kleine said.
Sullivan kindergarten students and students in grades 3-6 attended school in Gilsum. Older students had attended Monadnock Middle and High School in Swanzey.
“It takes a lot of buy-in and we had an incredible turnout,” Kleine said.
“We did a study a couple of years ago and we decided that it wasn’t feasible for us to run our own school,” Nelson said.
The town of about 600 has 80 students.
Surry went through a withdrawal from Monadnock five years ago and now sends its students to Keene, Kleine said.
“We’re a great little town and we’re right by Keene and we were jumping over Keene to get to Monadnock,” Kleine said.
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