Freewill Elementary to close

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The Wayne Central School board voted 7-2 Wednesday to close Freewill Elementary disappointing many parents who had fought to keep it open.

Known as Option F, the closing of Freewill moves the Wayne Central School District into what is called the single campus scenario, which consolidates students in the four other schools within the district that are all in close proximity of one another.

Wayne Central Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin said this would prevent the need for further redistricting, as well as reducing costs and limiting transition for most students in the district. 

As part of the single campus scenario, K-2 grade would attend Ontario Primary, grades 3-4 would attend Ontario Elementary, grades 5-8 would attend the Middle School, and grades 9-12 would continue to attend the High School.

A district spokesperson said before the vote the changes would come in time for next school year.

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