Mint Hill community works to save old elementary school

Mint Hill community works to save old elementary school

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 6:22 PM

MINT HILL, N.C. -- A group of neighbors in Mint Hill is working to save a historic building.

The Old Bain School is slated for demolition in the spring, unless the town can come up with enough money to rehabilitate it. Generations of Mint Hill citizens have attend the school. 

"It is the oldest Charlotte-Mecklenburg school still in existence as I understand," said Tina Ross, a Mint Hill commissioner. 

Ross is also involved with the historical society. 

According to Ross, "one of the sixth grade teachers remembers that her class was in the auditorium watching a movie the day John F. Kennedy was shot."  The school was built in the 1920s. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is in the process of building a new school and the Old Bain School could come down at the end of the school year. 

The Mint Hill Historical Society estimates it would cost more than a million dollars to renovate.  The town is stretched thin and can't afford the repairs. 

"We just have a brand new town hall that we built with no financing, so it pretty well depleted our reserves that would have been available for such a project.  And we're right in the midst of constructing a new police department," said Ross. 

The group supporting the old school is hoping for private funds and grants to rehabilitate the building.  The group has big plans. 

"At this point Mint Hill doesn't have a community theatre or a community orchestras or bands any of those sorts of cultural activities that other communities of our size have and this would be a great location for them," said Ross. 

Supporters are holding a meeting about possible funding for the Old Bain School Tuesday, February 19th at 7:00 pm at the Mint Hill Town Hall.  The public is invited. 

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