In June, voters rejected a $40.7 million bonding plan to renovate and expand the elementary schools.
Now officials are asking voters if the three towns should retain their elementary schools or if one consolidated elementary school should be built.
Wednesday, there will be a region-wide "Conversation with the Community" at 7:30 p.m. at the library at Shepaug Valley Middle/High School in Washington.
Then each town will have its own town meeting to discuss the elementary schools Bridgewater on Jan. 17, Roxbury on Jan. 18 and Washington on Jan. 19. The meetings are at each community's town hall and will start at 7:30 p.m.
Finally, in February, voters are expected to be asked to pick between options upgrading the three elementary schools or building one consolidated elementary school.
This is a difficult issue. Each town will lose some of its identity if it loses its elementary school.
"Kindergartners through fifth-graders from Bridgewater will be traveling one and a half hours on a bus a day if the consolidated school goes through," says Bridgewater First Selectman Bill Stuart.
A consolidated elementary school, however, would be a new, state-of-the art facility. Planners say it would be more cost efficient to operate.
So residents of Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington have some serious thinking to do before they vote in February.
As Stuart says: "Once they are closed, they're closed and it will be a long time before the subject is even brought up again."