WOODSTOCK  — SAD 44 is considering closing two elementary schools as a way to balance the budget.

Voters in the district that serves the towns of Andover, Bethel, Greenwood, Newry and Woodstock could vote to close the elementary schools in Woodstock and Andover as a way to save $458,000. The two schools have a total of 105 students.

Officials are trying to close a $1.2 million budget gap caused in part by a decrease in state aid.

If the schools were to close, the children would be sent to the Crescent Park Elementary school in Bethel.

The Sun Journal newspaper says the school board is planning to meet on Monday to vote on closing the two schools as well as modifications to the Woodstock school, if it remains open.