Voters were few and far between Tuesday on the referendum to decide whether to close the MacDougal School in Rockland.

As of 11:30 a.m., between 50 and 100 ballots had been cast, said Rockland City Clerk Stuart Sylvester.

There are 5,165 registered voters in Rockland.

Voting was being done in the council chamber in the rear of Rockland City Hall because of the ongoing renovation project at the recreation center.

Voting was to continue Tuesday until 8 p.m.

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.