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Chatham, Harwich vote to merge school systems

December 7, 2010

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HARWICH, Mass.—Voters in Chatham and Harwich have voted to merge their school systems in an effort to maintain the quality of education and boost opportunities for students in both Cape Cod communities.

Harwich voters overwhelmingly approved the merger Monday by a 766-21 vote. Chatham voters were less enthusiastic, passing the merger by a 592-531 vote.

Supporters say it's needed to maintain the quality of both school systems as they face declining enrollment and resources. Opponents say the communities and school systems will lose their unique identities.

Under the plan, a new regional high school will be built in Harwich, while the Chatham middle school will become the regional middle school. The towns will maintain their elementary schools.

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