NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ Enrollment at Newtown schools is down by nearly 3 percent since last year, but the schools superintendent cautioned against linking the reduced number to the shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

The News Times reports ( ) school board members were told Wednesday night that in the first two weeks of the school year student enrollment was 5,282, down from 5,426 last year. The numbers are lower than projected.

Like many school districts, Newtown’s enrollment has declined slowly, but steadily. It’s been a factor in budget battles.
Voters approved the current $71 million annual budget in the third referendum.

Town and school leaders have suggested the district consider closing one of its seven schools, reconfiguring grade structures and redistricting neighborhoods. No decisions have been made.
Information from: The News-Times,

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