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 Spring Hope Enterprise

This Week Editorial       

 

Alumni Deserve Spaulding

Wed, Oct 04, 2017

 

The Spaulding Alumni Association has been trying for several years to acquire the Spaulding School property to improve it for the benefit of seniors and the community at large. But rather than work with the alumni to preserve the school site as meaningful public property, the school system has engaged in a bidding process since the beginning of the year which now has the Spaulding alumni as the high bidder of $131,000.

 

The alumni have been persistent, fending off several bidding challenges from private competitors, including one equally persistent who won’t say why she wants the property. But why make the alumni go through all this? Does the school system really need the money so badly that the board of education won’t consider giving the property back to the descendants of the people who donated it to the county for a school in the first place? The black community decades ago wanted a school so badly they gave the county land on which to build it, and Spaulding School ever since has been an important part of Spring Hope in all its various incarnations.

 

The school board doesn’t have to accept any bids and can stop the process at any time.

And there is ample precedent for donating the land. The school board gave the property for the community park to Spring Hope years ago on condition it always be used as a park. The towns of Bailey and Middlesex just agreed to lease part of their park land to the county for a senior center for a mere $1 per year.

 

Since the county doesn’t need the Spaulding property for a school any more, why can’t the school board donate the property back to the alumni association for a token amount on condition it continue to be used for its current public purposes? Just think what improvements the alumni could make to the property for the $131,000 they are being forced to raise just to get it. It’s not right.

 

Stop the bidding war. Spring Hope residents should insist that Spaulding be donated back to the alumni association so that their former school may continue its vital role serving all the community 

 CC Spaulding Class Of 1964