Last Call for the Old Glensboro School

Eric Whisman

The destiny of the old Glensboro School was partly determined last night during the Anderson County School Board meeting.

The school, which was originally a one room schoolhouse built in Glensboro, was moved to the property of the Anderson County High School back during the early 1990s through a community effort.  Community support was plentiful and the building was fully restored to its original condition with a plan to serve as a living museum.

However, during the years, a number of key supporters of the school passed away, leaving the building to deteriorate.  The school slowly became a hazard, and the school board took action last year to look for possible buyers of the building willing to move it to a different location or else they would need to demolish the old building.

Eric Whisman from the Kentucky Trust of Historic Preservation presented to the board last night a possible way to save the building.  He explained that his organization works on matching people with places and to provide expertise to make historical properties viable again.

According to Eric, the trust needs an option on the building to start the process of finding someone to fund the move or to directly fundraise with the hope of turning it back into a usable building. “The history of the property is a major component, of course, but the continual use and functionality of these buildings is one of our biggest focuses,” he said.

Unique to the trust is if a person with property willing to receive the building is found, the building will still be perpetually cared for through the trust.  Eric explained that they will hold covenants on the building to ensure it never falls back into disrepair.

The school board was grateful to see interest in the building but still wanted to move forward with the process of demolishing the building if the trust can’t find someone to fund the move of the building. “It’s a hazard for our high school. I’m going to push forward with the disposal of the building,” board member, Scott Luna, said.

The board voted both to allow the option for the trust as well as to begin looking for bids to demolish the building.  Scott Luna explained that the process will take time and if interest is shown in the building, they can easily cancel the bidding.

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3 Comments

  1. This is so sad! Of course Scott Luna wants to destroy it he probably has no attachment to Anderson County or the history of this wonderful community . My husband Grandmother use to teach in that school from the 1920’s until it closed. Mrs Sue use to tell a lot of stores about that school and some of this county most influential people went to school in that old school house. We have to appreciate our past and how far we came so we can look to the future. It is so sad when we don’t appreciate the past over money. All those people of the past are probably rolling over in there graves.

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