NORWAY — The town is looking for ideas to reuse the former Streaked Mountain School building on lower Main Street.

“We don’t really want to list it for sale,” Town Manager Dennis Lajoie said.

Last September, the SAD 17 board of directors declared the school building at 160 Main St. “unnecessary for educational purposes” and authorized Superintendent Rick Colpitts to dispose of it as surplus property.

The town was given first option, as required by state law.

“We don’t need Town Office space or a recreation building,” Lajoie said.

Lajoie said he hopes to reach out to organizations such as the Norway Historical Society and Norway Downtown first to see if they have any interest in the building. But, he noted, there may be a number of people or organizations that might come up with a unique and fitting way to reuse the building such as an art gallery or a startup business.

The building is one of half a dozen original one-room schoolhouses in town. Built in 1854, it was known as the Lower Primary School.

It was used as a public school until 2008. The following year, the school district used it for Streaked Mountain School’s alternative education program. Last fall, students moved to the former Verizon office in the strip mall across from Oxford Comprehensive High School in Paris.

Those interested in the building should contact Lajoie at the Town Office during regular business hours.

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The town is selling the former Streaked Mountain School building, on lower Main Street in Norway. The one-room schoolhouse was built in 1854. (Advertiser Democrat photo by Leslie H. Dixon)

 

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