By Dave Pearce
A few weeks ago, the New Harmony Town Council and North Posey School Board came to a mutual agreement on what could be done with the abandoned New Harmony School building.
This week, through New Harmony Town Baord member Karen Walker issued the following prepared statement from the New Harmony Town Board.
“The New Harmony School Corporation has transferred the New Harmony school building and the surrounding school property to the Town of New Harmony, and the New Harmony Town Council has initiated immediate steps to “mothball” the building. By that, we mean to secure the building and set the utilities at minimal levels. These measures are being taken in an attempt to maintain the building in its current condition and to do so at the lowest possible cost. The building cannot be made available for temporary use due to liability and maintenance issues. Going forward, the Town will be exploring various opportunities to market the property.
North Posey School Corporation has removed equipment, desks, books, electronics, and other items. They have also entered into an agreement with the Town of New Harmony to lease the building for additional storage for a two-year period at a cost of $50,000 a year.
In addition, Head Start will continue to hold its pre-school classes in one room of the school. Head Start will provide stand alone heating and air conditioning for that room.