WELD — The former Weld Elementary School building, which sits on 2 acres on Route 156, is going on the auction block next month.

Selectmen made the decision to sell the property by way of professional auctioneer at their July 21 meeting, board Chairwoman Nancy Stowell said.

Residents voted 55-32 on June 25 to authorize selectmen to sell the property including playground equipment.

Harris Real Estate Appraisals & Auctions will hold the auction at the school site at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, company co-owner Debra Harris said Monday.

The single-story school building, which has three classrooms, was built in 1962 and designed to house 75 students.

The board of the former SAD 9, now known as Mt. Blue Regional School District, and Weld residents voted to close the school in 2008 due to declining enrollment and increasing costs of education. Younger Weld schoolchildren attended schools in Wilton for the 2008-09 school year while the older children attended schools in Farmington as in previous years.

Weld residents voted to accept the school property in March 2009 at the annual town meeting and set up a committee to consider ideas for it. The committee met for 16 weeks after town meeting and came up with ideas ranging from a community center to a grocery store and cafe.

However, voters chose to sell the property.

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