Town of Prospect agrees to purchase school building - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Town of Prospect agrees to purchase school building

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Officials are moving one step closer to try to decide what to do with an aging school building in Prospect. (WFSB) Officials are moving one step closer to try to decide what to do with an aging school building in Prospect. (WFSB)
PROSPECT, CT (WFSB) -

It has been around since World War II, and now the town of Prospect is closer to deciding what to do with a school building falling into disrepair.

The building was constructed in 1935, and on Monday night the town council approved a measure to buy the building.

“We'll be paying $873,000, and probably within six months we'll probably be getting back $530,000 of that,” said Tom Galvin of the Prospect Town Council.

That’s because the town splits revenue with the school district.

The building is owned by the Region 16 Board of Education, which serves both Prospect and Beacon Falls.

The school was closed at the end of the 2014-15 school year and is in need of repair.

“We've had some water damage over the years. We have a lot of buckets in the hallways,” Galvin said.

The town is putting aside about $400,000 to make the necessary repairs.

“Most of that is for the roof. We've got some masonry work on the bricks,” Galvin added.

The question that still remains is what the building will be used for.

“I like to see it used as a community center. It's the one thing we don't have in town,” said Theresa Graveline, who attended school in that building. “This is a great building. This is a piece of our history.”

“We've had a committee that has looked at every possible use this building can be used for,” said Prospect Mayor Robert Chatfield.

No decision has been made, and the deal is far from being done. Officials from Beacon Falls and Region 16 still need to weigh in.

If all goes according to plan, the closing could happen in July.

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