Paris voices interest in Mildred Fox School

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PARIS – Selectmen said they want the town to stay in the running while the fate of the Mildred Fox School is considered.

Because the school will be vacant after its elementary students move into their new building on High Street in February, school officials are pondering what to do with it.

The building lies next to Route 117, which leads to Buckfield, so it could provide additional classrooms if Buckfield is ever incorporated into SAD 17.

Gov. John Baldacci has proposed slashing the number of school districts from 152 to 26, lumping Buckfield, Hartford and Sumner with Oxford, Harrison, Hebron, Norway, Otisfield, Paris, Waterford and West Paris to form Region 21.

Or it is possible the school building might have another more general use.

“They want to know if we have an interest,” Town Manager Sharon Jackson said.

The board decided to vote unanimously to declare its stake in the building’s future.

“We should indicate to them that we have an interest, even if we don’t have a specific purpose,” Selectman Raymond Glover said. “We may decide we don’t want the building. (But) I think we can find uses for it.”

The school building would come at no cost, and the town won’t have to pay taxes on it.

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