TELL US: What Would You Like to See Happen to the Former Nathan Hale School?

Here's your chance to sound off on what you would like to see done with the former Spruce Street elementary school.

Nathan Hale is no longer a neighborhood school. 

The Board of Education made that every clear this week when it formally voted to turn control of the former elementary school that it shuttered last year over to the town, because it said it could no longer afford the building's minimal maintenance costs and had no immediate plans for the site. 

There have been discussions in town about the possibility of establishing a charter school in Manchester, with Nathan Hale being cited as an ideal location. Others have stated they would like to see the former school used as a community center for the town, or as town offices or another library. 

But Manchester Patch wants to know what do you think the best use of the former Nathan Hale Elementary School would be? What should be done with it? And who should ultimately bear the responsibility for the building? 

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Share your thoughts with your friends and neighbors on Patch in the comment section below!

Frank February 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM
It should be the Manchester Adult Education Center but we know what is gonna happen. Maybe CHR will buy it, either that or it will be abandoned for 30 years until the federal government gives us a grant to knock it down. There is about a 90% chance that whatever the town decides to do with it will probably be a huge missed opportunity that was caused by a short sighted decision driven by a desiree to "save money" or "make money". That we can be sure of. Maybe we can bring back the tunnel plan, just make a tunnel through it.
christiane obrien February 27, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a Cultural Arts Center!
Joel Mrosek February 27, 2013 at 02:50 AM
It should be sold to put it back on the grand list, with no deed restrictions.
Wendy Weiss Videll February 27, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I would like to see it turned into a community center offering services to both adults and youth. The community y at the north end is not accessible to many in the East Side due to transportation issues(lack of car, no money for bus, etc). The firehouse across the street from the school has been very successful in the programs that they offer, but it is a very small building. I think Mr Silver and his staff could do so much more with a larger space.
stacy February 27, 2013 at 06:25 PM
i think it should be turned into some kind of shelter and let the people that stay there run it to give them some sense of responsibility of course have staff but minimal theres plenty of rooms and kitcken and so forth just an idea at least something to help the community


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