July 2016 Landscape Improvements
In September 2016, thanks to funding from the Ayer CPC, SPSA signed an agreement with Spencer & Vogt of Charlestown, MA for preparation of a professional conditions assessment of the schoolhouse. That report, which was delivered under budget and on time in April 2017, has in turn provided the basis for our long-term restoration and preservation plan.
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, then President of SPSA. The completed Nomination was submitted to the Massachusetts Historical Commission in January 2016, and unanimously approved by MHC that December. The schoolhouse's formal listing on the National Register followed in May 2017.
2016-2107: Conditions Assessment
National Register of Historic Places Nomination
Sandy Pond School Association A 501(c)3 organization
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.