Thursday, September 27, 2007

Brick Committee backs off claim

Oldest or not the oldest, that was the question.

Last night, the Brick School Task Force gave its answer.

"I wish I could sit before you and say we are the oldest continuously operating (one-room) brick schoolhouse in the nation," said Town Clerk Deborah Pellegri, a task force member assigned to investigate the question. "But I can't. It cannot be documented."

Pellegri was referring to Franklin's Red Brick School, built in 1833 and placed on the National Historic Register in 1976. Threatened with past closures that it survived, the school was placed on the chopping block this spring because the district faced a funding gap and administrators deemed the building too costly to run.

Read Michael Morton's full article in the Milford Daily News