Springfield asked to preserve oldest school

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Two Springfield residents are asking the town for permission to renovate what is believed to be the oldest brick, one-room schoolhouse in Vermont.

Donald Whitney and William Mitchell asked the Select Board Monday to deed the 1781 Spencer Hollow School to the Springfield Art and Historical Society. The group wants to begin fundraising to preserve the building.

The Whitney’s older siblings attended the school, which was held its last class in 1926.

The New England Preservation Collaborative says the school is in good shape, but needs about $70,000 in restoration work.

Mitchell says the Art and Historical Society wants to help restore the building, but it can’t help with funding.

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