By HARRIETTE BRAINARD
SUDBURY/WHITING — As their respective elementary schools struggling with fewer than 30 students apiece for the second year in a row, school boards in Whiting and Sudbury are considering consolidating operations.
The two boards have met several times to discuss the idea, and are now looking for input from their respective communities. Both plan to float non-binding votes in November to see where their respective community members stand on the issue.
A final vote would not be taken until the March town meeting.
“Both of these schools have been facing a declining enrollment trend — we share common challenges — so the two boards have met several times to discuss these challenges and what the future holds,” said Linda Rossi, a Sudbury school board member and acting administrator at the Sudbury Country School.
MIDDLEBURY — Here come the college students.
On Wednesday, Sept. 6, about 570 Middlebury College freshmen are expected to arrive on campus for orientation.
The majority of the class of 2010 and their families are expected to arrive between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. that day. Students have been directed to go to the college’s welcome center in Kenyon Arena, and will then drive to their residence halls through campus routes. The college estimates that about 800 family members will accompany the new students.
Although all orientation activities will be based on campus, it is likely that the students’ arrival will impact traffic patterns in town. The college encourages town residents to plan accordingly, and apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.