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Exterior view of the old school from West Broad Street in Pawcatuck. The school is closing next Friday and the move to the West Vine Street School will be on April 1. Friday, March 22, 2019. Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

PAWCATUCK — The newly formed Stonington Facilities Committee will hold a series of community open houses at West Broad Street School to help gather ideas on what residents think should be done with the now-shuttered 1900 schoolhouse.

The first open house is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., with subsequent sessions set for Tuesday, April 30, from noon to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The committee will supply index cards for residents who attend the open houses to record their remembrances of the school as well as thoughts regarding what they would like to see done — or not done — with the building.

The school’s students have moved to the newly renovated West Vine Street School, and the Stonington Public Schools Central Office is scheduled to vacate its Old Mystic site in September. The Stonington Facilities Committee has been assigned by the Stonington Board of Selectmen to study all possible options for both West Broad Street School and the central office.

The study will include an analysis of reuse, repurposing, sale, leasing or any other possibility for both properties. The committee will not be deciding the fate or final disposition of either property. The committee’s task is to provide the Board of Selectmen with an analysis of options considered, as well as the cost and viability of each option, with as much supporting data as possible.

The final decision about both properties will most likely be determined at a townwide referendum.

Committee members are Chris Donahue, Sandy Grimes, Don Maranell, Alisa Morrison, Paul Sartor (temporary chairman), Jean Fiore (alternate) and Bill King (alternate). Regular meetings for the committee are held the second Tuesday of the month, at the Stonington Human Services building at 166 South Broad St. The next meeting will be held on May 14 at 7 p.m.

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