Thanks to a Community Preservation Act Grant approved by this year's Annual Town Meeting, SPSA is in the process of commissioning a "conditions assessment" of the property. This project will provide the basis for a long-term preservation and maintenance plan. We currently expect this work to be completed before the end of the calendar year
Thanks to generous financial assistance from the Town of Ayer, SPSA contracted in the summer of 2015 with Stacy E. Spies of Hopkinton, MA, a Historic Preservation Consultant, for preparation of a National Register of Historic Places Nomination for Sandy Pond Schoolhouse. In the photo at left, Stacy hands the completed Nomination to Randy Boutelle, President of SPSA. The Nomination is now under review by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, to whom it was submitted on January 20, 2016. SPSA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ayer Board of Selectmen and the voters who approved the grant that made this work possible at the May 2015 Annual Town Meeting.
July 2016 Landscape Improvements
Sandy Pond School Association A 501(c)3 organization
Coming Up Next in 2016: A Conditions Assessment
Sandy Pond Schoolhouse sits on a triangular parcel of land which, like the school, was conveyed to SPSA by the Town in 1908. Over time the lot became heavily wooded. A survey this past spring found a total of 22 trees on the site, of which several posed potential threats to the schoolhouse. These included two very large trees behind the school and a smaller maple next to the foundation. On Monday, July 11, 2016, HM Flagg Tree Service of Ayer removed these and two other trees while expertly pruning several of the remaining ones, undertaking this work at a greatly discounted price. In grateful appreciation for their highly professional work and generous financial support, SPSA is pleased to recognize HM Flagg Service as our first Corporate Sponsor.
National Register of Historic Places Nomination