The fate of New London’s historic 1941 Building still hangs in the balance, following an even vote on whether to demolish it or not. At Thursday night’s school board meeting, WNTK Radio reports that the vote on the demolition came out at 4-4, leaving no definitive solution.
The building is part of the Kearsarge School District and the issue was raised that if the building was sold, an entity not related to the school would become part of the campus. If the town was to lease the building instead, SAU 65 would still control the building and the school district hopes to come to an agreement with the town, who wants to use it as a wellness center.
The 1941 Building Ad Hoc Committee had been formed to help guide residents and officials toward a definitive solution for the building’s ultimate use. However, lack of money for repairs and safety concerns have hindered the restoration of the building.
The School Board has received public input from residents on their vision for the building, including a forum on November 12th of last year. Tentative plans as of late last year included re roofing the cafeteria and two of the classrooms.