MONROE, Conn. -- The Monroe Town Council is trying to decide what to do with the Chalk Hill School building now that it is not being used by students from the old Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Monroe Courier reported.
Chalk Hill closed at the end of the 2010-11 school year, but was later used to house students from Sandy Hook Elementary School following the 2012 shooting. They remained in the building until this school year, when a new Sandy Hook School was opened. Now, the town is weighing options for how to use the building.
The Monroe Courier reported that the subject came up at a recent budget meeting of the Monroe Town Council, where the option of "mothballing" the building was brought up. That would mean basically maintaining its structural integrity while it's temporarily not in use, according to the Monroe Courier.
Mothballing would cost between $108,500 and $144,000 per year, according to the Monroe Courier. If it decided to mothball the building, the Town Council would then need to decide whether or not to heat it and keep its fire systems online. Operating the building would cost around $240,000 per year, the Monroe Courier reported.
One council member suggested putting the question of what to do about it on a ballot question for voters to decide, but other members pointed out that the question may not fit the format of a referendum question, according to the Monroe Courier.