North Yarmouth voters overwhelmingly decided to stay in School Administrative District 51.

The vote was 2,174 to 274.

The citizen-initiated referendum was among the first of 22 steps laid out by state law that could have led North Yarmouth to break a 46-year bond with neighboring Cumberland.

The vote was held as SAD 51 considered the future of the aging North Yarmouth Memorial School, one of four schools in a highly rated district with declining enrollment.

A panel weighted with North Yarmouth residents had recommended closing the North Yarmouth school. The district’s fourth- and fifth-graders would move to Greely Middle School in Cumberland, next to Greely High School and Mabel Wilson Elementary School. 

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the votes and the outcome, reflecting the town vote for state ballot Question 1, instead of local Question 1.