Our region has experienced a declining population for decades with little projected enrollment change in our schools over the next 10 years. Declining enrollment has resulted in limited course offerings, struggling athletic and arts programs and unsustainable costs. The districts have explored the possibility of merging to create a new district with long term viability in terms of academic strength, enhanced programs and fiscal savings.
The State Department of Education has unanimously approved the proposed regionalization plan, and for the first time, residents will have an opportunity to vote on this matter in a referendum on June 28 (date subject to change). The regionalization plan grows out of recommendations from committees with representation from each of the four towns, consisting of parents, elected Board of Education members, school administrators, educators, union representatives, Town Selectmen, and community members.
Region 20 will be a regional school district for the towns of Goshen, Litchfield, Morris and Warren for grades kindergarten through 12. Elementary schools will remain in place in each town. The current Litchfield Middle School / High School will house the regionalized Middle School. The current Wamogo Middle School / High School will house the regionalized High School. The current Agriscience Program will remain in the existing facility on the Wamogo campus.