The MacDougal School will close its doors in June after 56 years of educating Rockland children.

Rockland residents voted 263-117 to approve the closure of the school. The results were counted Tuesday in a single-issue special referendum.

The Regional School Unit 13 board voted Nov. 5 to close the MacDougal School but state law required that the community where the school was located have the final say on whether it closed.

Board members who voted for the closure cited the poor condition of the building and the high costs of making necessary repairs.

Several parents spoke out in recent months 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.