August 04, 2020

Enfield school’s future to be decided at meeting

ENFIELD — The fate of an old elementary school will be decided by townspeople in a special town meeting in November.

The date of the special meeting has not been set.

Several nonprofit groups have expressed an interest in acquiring the old Eleanor Curtis School building from the town. In April 1993, Enfield residents voted to buy it from SAD 31 for $1.

Selectmen this week met with officials of the Eagles Club, a nonprofit organization made up of area businesspeople, that expressed interest in the old school building.

James Blanch, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, walked out of the meeting saying he wanted to avoid any potential conflict of interest because he is a member of a newly formed nonprofit corporation, which also is interested in acquiring the old school.

The new corporation, the Eleanor Curtis Civic Center, Blanch said was organized in hopes it could acquire the school from the town, which would be used as a community center, a museum of Enfield’s history and for other civic projects such as social, educational, cultural and recreational activities.

A person can become a member of the new corporation by committing to donate 20 hours a year to maintain and operate the center, said Blanch.

Town Manager Peggy Daigle said the AMVETS group of Burlington, a nonprofit veterans group, remained interested in acquiring the building.

In the June town meeting, residents rejected a $9,000 bid proposal from the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, which wanted to purchase the old school from the town.

Voters rejected the proposal for several reasons. According to officials, the auxiliary’s proposal was not legal because the group has no purchasing power, and it would take time for it to become incorporated.

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