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Older and historic schools represent an unrecognized asset for school districts. These schools were built during an era of high quality construction and significant community pride in education, and those that have survived to the present day are important community institutions that sustain the neighborhoods they serve. They provide cultural continuity, linking generations together through a common educational experience that pays benefits over time to the community and its school system. Many older schools, designed so that students could walk to school, provide small, personal educational settings – reflecting a style of education whose value has only recently been rediscovered by teachers, parents, and community leaders. To abandon or demolish such property without a thorough and creative look at their potential to continue to support twenty-first century educational programs is a waste of valuable community assets.

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