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Meeting set for Spaulding Center renovation plans

Posted on May 3, 2021

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The Spaulding Family Resource Center hopes to raise $150,000 to renovate the former Spaulding School, which auction buyer S&J Holdings donated to the nonprofit in December. The resource center plans to reopen in the facility it previously occupied for more than two decades.

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The Spaulding Family Resource Center hopes to raise $150,000 to renovate the former Spaulding School, which auction buyer S&J Holdings donated to the nonprofit in December. The resource center plans to reopen in the facility it previously occupied for more than two decades.

For The Enterprise

SPRING HOPE — The Spaulding Family Resource Center is seeking public input on the Spaulding School campus’ future reopening during a community meeting planned from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday.

Resource center President Johnny Perry, the town of Spring Hope and Cardno Inc.’s building development team will hold the in-person, socially distanced meeting at the Spring Hope Community Center, 103 N. May St.

The “Future Needs and Programming Input” meeting will start with an introduction of the resource center’s board of directors and fundraising committee. Members of surrounding communities will then be able to voice their opinions and ask the resource center’s leaders and developmental planning board any questions about the Spaulding campus they may have.

“The youth has been asking me about opening the gym up for basketball, senior citizens have been asking about using the auditorium for senior activities, directors have been asking about the auditorium for plays, filmmakers have been asking to use the campus for movies, active citizens have asked about using the campus for exercise grounds and walking clubs, garden clubs have asked to plant here,” Perry wrote in an email to community members. “We would like to hear and talk more about your visions and suggestions at this meeting. Your attendance is vital, as it will help the Spaulding Family Resource Center and our Cardno Inc.’s planning board determine what activities we will have for you all at the campus. We hope to see you there.”

After the facility’s days as a school ended in 2018, the Nash County school system sold the property to a private owner at auction. The Spaulding Family Resource Center and C.C. Spaulding Alumni Association bid feverishly to obtain the property, but in the end, they couldn’t win their beloved school back.

The center moved to a former day care center across town on Walnut Street. That facility was auctioned off by its owner last year, once again placing the center’s future in limbo until S&J Holdings, which purchased the Spaulding School campus at auction, donated the property to the nonprofit resource center in December.

Boosters have set a $150,000 fundraising goal to renovate the former Spaulding School campus. Cash donations and checks made out to the Spaulding Family Resource Center can be mailed to P.O. Box 231, Spring Hope, NC 27882.

For questions about the fundraising campaign and Thursday’s community meeting, email spauldingfamilyresourcecenter@gmail.com.   

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