Rockland voters will decide Tuesday, Feb. 9 on whether to close the MacDougal School.

Polls will be open in the council chambers in the rear of Rockland City Hall on Pleasant Street from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The voting will be at city hall because the renovation project at the recreation center is ongoing.

Absentee ballots are also available and can still be cast on Monday, Feb. 8. As of Feb. 4, 18 absentee ballots had been cast. There are 5,165 registered voters in Rockland.

The MacDougal School closure is the only item on the ballot.

The Regional School Unit 13 board voted Nov. 5 to close the MacDougal School at the end of the current school year. State law requires that the community where the school is located have the final say on whether a school closes.

If voters reject the closure, Rockland residents will be required to pick up the additional cost of operating the school. That has been determined by the administration to be $363,133 annually. Board members who voted for the closure cited costs as well as the poor condition of the building.

Several parents have spoken out against the closure, citing the impact it would have on class sizes and programs at the South School and the ripple effect on the adjacent Rockland District Middle School.

The MacDougal School educates students in kindergarten and first grade and the current enrollment is 140.

The school was built in 1954.