The Old School Enrichment Council has been busy at work this summer preparing for taking possession of the old high school building as soon as possible. OSEC was formed in 2014. Through focus groups and surveys, the need most mentioned by community members was a community center.
When the Twin Valley High School closed its doors to merge with Whitingham, the committee established a formal board of directors. The board includes Steve Goldfarb, Cammie Swanson, John Howe, Meg Streeter, Janet Boyd, and Diane Chapman.
This June, OSEC signed a purchase and sale agreement for the building and pre-closing inspections are currently in process.
In the meantime, OSEC has completed a business plan and hopes to share the plan with any and all attendees at a select board meeting in September. OSEC received exciting news in July when the IRS officially accepted their 501(c)3 application awarding them their tax-exempt status.
Fundraising is underway. The board has initiated a program offering the public an opportunity to purchase an engraved paving brick that will be placed in front of the lower, and possibly the upper entrances, depending on the demand. The Wilmington Fund has money earmarked for making the lower entrance ADA compliant. The recent Farm to Table Dinner held last week at Boyd Family Farm raised money for the building. In addition, a couple of anonymous donations have been received.
Once closing takes place, volunteers will be needed and welcomed. Anyone interested in renting space in the new community center should contact one of the board members above. It has been a long journey but OSEC members say they arecommitted and excited to begin this project.