Several local preservationists are joining forces to urge the Springfield School Board to postpone the planned demolition of a historic school building, to allow time to study alternatives that might allow the nearly century-old structure to remain standing.
The current Enos School building is supposed to face the wrecking ball soon, to make way for completion of a new Enos School which has been under construction on the same property, right next door. Preservationists including Jerry Jacobson and Steve Myers are asking the new school board to halt the demolition for at least 60 days.
In that time, the preservationists want to offer details of a plan to adapt the current building as a privately-owned residential complex. The close proximity to the new building is seen as a complicating factor, but supporters of the project say it can be overcome. The school board did not take action Monday night, but say they will address the issue at their next meeting in early June.