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Panel approves Spaulding Center’s return to historic school campus

Posted on July 27, 2021

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The Spaulding Family Resource Center has received the Spring Hope Board of Adjustment's approval to return to the former C.C. Spaulding School campus, shown with a sign notifying town residents of Monday's public hearing. The center moved to another location in 2019 after operating out of the old school site since the 1990s.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

The Spaulding Family Resource Center has received the Spring Hope Board of Adjustment's approval to return to the former C.C. Spaulding School campus, shown with a sign notifying town residents of Monday's public hearing. The center moved to another location in 2019 after operating out of the old school site since the 1990s.

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SPRING HOPE — The Spaulding Family Resource Center is heading home.

The Spring Hope Board of Adjustment on Monday approved a conditional use permit to allow the community center to return to the former C.C. Spaulding School campus on Pine Street.

Town Manager Jae Kim said the old Spaulding School buildings are aging and the back parking lot needs paving. The community center will need to receive a certificate of occupancy from Nash County prior to moving into the buildings.

The community center operated out of the old school since the 1990s. A couple of years ago, it moved to another downtown location, a former day care center at Nash and Walnut streets across from First Baptist Church. Its return to the school campus has been made possible by a land gift late last year from a real estate investor who gave the community center 10 acres of the property and all of the buildings, which includes a schoolhouse, an auditorium and a gymnasium.

Originally founded as a Black high school, C.C. Spaulding eventually became a middle and elementary school after desegregation. It’s been closed for decades, and the Nash County school board sold it as surplus property in 2019.

At its current location, the community center offers a supervised play group for children up to preschool age, a computer lab with Nash Community College classes two days a week, senior bingo on Wednesday afternoons and a variety of seminars to benefit senior citizens.

Johnny Perry, chairman of the community center, said the organization’s board has been listening to the community about what is wanted at the new old location.

“We want to help all communities,” Perry said. “I’m sure there’s something out there you will be able to use.”

Kim said as long as the property is used as a community center, the conditional use permit has no expiration date.

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