Sandy Pond School Association  ​A 501(c)3 organization

Welcome to the home of the Sandy Pond School Association. Founded in 1908, SPSA has owned, maintained, and preserved Ayer's historic Sandy Pond Schoolhouse for over 100 years. The founding members of SPSA were local residents, most of whom had also attended Sandy Pond School. Their goal was to preserve the school following its closing in 1906 and make use of it for reunions and community events. The first Sandy Pond School Annual Reunion took place on June 27, 1908. On December 22, 1908, the Town of Ayer officially conveyed the property to the Association for the price of $1.00.

A century later, alumni of Sandy Pond School are a scarce commodity, but SPSA endures. The small group of volunteers who comprise today’s Association share their predecessors’ commitment to preserving this unique little building. Today's SPSA seeks not only to preserve the building but to enhance Sandy Pond Schoolhouse's role as a piece of living history and a cultural resource that is open to the community now and for generations to come.

For information on how to donate to SPSA, please click here to go to the Donation page.

Fall 2018 Update

The first phase of the Sandy Pond Schoolhouse Restoration and Preservation Project, funded by a generous grant from the Ayer Community Preservation Committee, is now underway.  This phase will include the following work: 

  • Foundation repair and stabilization
  • Masonry repair
  • Replacement of the classroom ceiling
  • Selected priority structural repairs

As of this writing the following steps have been completed:

  • We have contracted with Spencer, Sullivan & Vogt of Charlestown, MA to serve as the architectural/engineering  consultant for the project
  • SSV has completed preparation of plans and specifications for the project, which are now under review

Once approved, the final Phase IA plans and specs (all 126 pages of them) will be put out for bids to a selected group of contractors with experience working on historic buildings. We anticipate completion of this work by late Spring 2019, just in time for the celebration of Sandy Pond School's 150th anniversary.

For periodic updates on this important project and other news about Sandy Pond Schoolhouse, please check this Website. Better yet, click here to sign up for a free subscription to The Sandy Pond Crier, our new electronic newsletter