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AS DEMOLITION BEGINS ON THE BOYD PROPERTY, SCHOOL BOARD OFFERS MORE DISCUSSION---NO DECISION--ON THE FUTURE OF THE STILLWELL BUILDING

AS DEMOLITION BEGINS ON THE BOYD PROPERTY, SCHOOL BOARD OFFERS MORE DISCUSSION---NO DECISION--ON THE FUTURE OF THE STILLWELL BUILDING AS DEMOLITION BEGINS ON THE BOYD PROPERTY, SCHOOL BOARD OFFERS MORE DISCUSSION---NO DECISION--ON THE FUTURE OF THE STILLWELL BUILDING

WITH BUILDINGS BEING DEMOLISHED ON THE BOYD PROPERTY AND DIRT TO BE MOVED SOON TO START CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW FIVE POINTS HHS CAMPUS   

Reports from last Monday’s meeting of the Henderson County Board of Public Education indicate that the elected school board is no
closer to a decision on a recommendation concerning the historic Stillwell building at Hendersonville High School than the board was months or even years ago.

A handful of citizens spoke at Monday’s meeting and offered comments, but the board is still looking at options for the future of the almost 100-year old building designed by local architect Erle Stillwell. Options apparently range from using the old building as new central offices for the school system, to a pre-K day care facility, to teacher housing, to a STEM education center, to tearing the old building down.

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One thing continues to be clear...as decreed by the Board of County Commissioners and county staff, the Stillwell building will not be a part of the new Five Points Hendersonville High School campus soon to get under construction. Commissioners even threatened to move the new HHS campus outside the city unless the school board went along with plans for the new Five Points campus of which the Stillwell building will not be a part. But after hearing the public out-cry to save the building, commissioners last year seemed commited to saving the building and NOT tearing it down. The possibility of demolishing the old building was revived recently by current school board member Blair Craven. After their commitment, commissioners turned to the school board for a recommendation on future use of the building...and how it can fit into plans for the new campus. And that’s about as far as the whole process of deciding the future of the Stillwell buildinjg has gotten.

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School board chairman Amy Lynn Holt last week emphasized Monday that they’re still looking at options and various scenarios for the old building...and now, they’ve invited the public to offer input...not on saving the building, they know the public wants that...but public input on what to do with the building.  In fact, school board members have indicated there is no rush to make a decision about the future of the Stillwell building.

So, as the county starts tearing down buildings on the Boyd property and preparing to move dirt to get construction of the new campus underway...and with three members of the school board up for election this year with one, Colby Coren, dropping out...and with a three-vote majority on the county board of commissioners also up for election this year...many more meetings, a lot of citizen input, and more frustrating indecision appears to be in the cards for Hendersonville High School’s treasured and historic Stillwell building.

By Larry Freeman   Updated 02/15/18

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