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Fate Of West Belmar School to be Discussed Tonight

Feasibility study to be presented at Board of Education meeting

The possible fate of is scheduled to be discussed at the Board of Education's regular meeting tonight.

Middletown-based T&M Associates will present the results of its study looking at the closure of West Belmar School to the board, which is scheduled to meet at 8 p.m. at the , 2801 Allaire Road. 

The presentation closes a month-long study of whether the district could feasibly shutter West Belmar School  — the district's oldest and least populated elementary school — and disburse pupils to each of the three remaining elementary schools.

District officials have said that , providing a hedge against failed budgets or a loss in state aid.

The prospect of that move is vehemently opposed by members of the Save Wall Schools  group, which has vocally blasted the plan and has  and other residents to support the school with.

District officials have said they had feared the school system would receive less financial aid from the state for the 2011 budget plans.

That fear was assuaged last month when , including . 

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