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November 2, 2000
Providence Journal-Bulletin
By Quannah Leonard, Providence Journal Staff Writer

Relocation of Evans Schoolhouse Approved

GLOCESTER -- The School Committee last night approved an agreement with the town Heritage Society to relocate Evans Schoolhouse behind Town Hall.

The vacant, one-room schoolhouse on Evans Road is owned by the Glocester Heritage Society. It was built in the 1860s, said School Committeeman Roy A. Anderton, who was the past president of the heritage society.

Earlier this year, the heritage group approached the school board to explore the possibilities of moving the school closer to the School Department which is located in Town Hall, School Committeeman John H. Lyman said.

Last night, committee members approved the agreement along with the caveat that if a time comes where the Glocester Heritage Society no longer exists, the schoolhouse would become the property of the town or school department.

School Committeewoman I. Lorraine O'Connors said she wanted the stipulation added so the property could be preserved and maintained.

After the meeting, Lyman said the project is part of revitalizing the town.

Once the heritage group approves the agreement, the agreement will go before the Town Council, Lyman said.

Anderton said the schoolhouse could be moved as soon as the heritage group approves the agreement. A large truck would be used to move the small structure, which would not cost the taxpayers any money, he said.

The heritage group had the school appraised a couple of years ago, and total cost to move and renovate the building would be about $58,000, Anderton said. The group would pay for the move through membership dues, donations and sales, he said. Whether or not renovations are completed depends on grant funding, Anderton said.

In other business, the School Committee approved adding two field trips, Chepachet Farms and Salisbury Farm, to the pre-approved list of trips for schools.

Anderton said he was concerned about the children's safety if a hay ride was involved at the farms.

Fogarty Memorial Elementary School Principal Beth Groleau said the teachers are aware of the safety issue.

At first, Anderton said some type of monitor might be helpful. But he then asked if the teachers could be reminded of the concern before the trip is taken, Groleau agreed.

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