Southwest Harbor selectmen propose school merger committee



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The conversation about a possible consolidation of schools in Southwest Harbor and Tremont is being restarted by selectmen here.

At the suggestion of selectman Ralph Dunbar, the board Tuesday night agreed to ask the Tremont selectmen if they would like to form a two-town committee to explore consolidation options.

Last May, citizens of each town voted in a non-binding referendum on the issue. Voters in Southwest Harbor endorsed, by a wide margin, the idea of closing the Tremont school and having all students in both towns attend Pemetic Elementary in Southwest Harbor.

Six days later, Tremont voters soundly rejected that option, preferring instead to keep things as they are.

Southwest Harbor selectmen Dan Norwood said Tuesday that consolidation should be considered “from an educational standpoint and, in the future, from a financial standpoint.”

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