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Old Alton public school may become museum

Could the Caledon area use a museum, and is the old Alton Public School the place for it?

That’s one of the issues discussed last Thursday at a community meeting hosted by Caledon Councillor Barb Shaughnessy. She said her fellow Ward 1 Councillor Doug Beffort sent regrets.

The old building has not seen much use since January 2014, when the new school opened next door.

“To me, empty buildings mean death,” Ms. Shaughnessy told the roughly 25 people at the meeting. “They need to have life.”

She also stated clearly that she was hoping for some brainstorming, with ideas being put forth on what to do with this building she called a “gem.” She also said it won’t be simple.

“A lot of work is needed to go into that building,” she added.

There are also complications involved. The building is still owned by the Peel District School Board, and it shares a septic system and parking lot with the new school. And since the Town doesn’t own it, Ms. Shaughnessy said Caledon council is not willing to put any money in it.

“She’s an historical gem, and she offers so much to the community,” she said, adding there’s a “tremendous community tie to the old school.”

“We have to come up with some ideas on what could happen with the school,” she declared. “I want people to start thinking about what they want for their community.”

Ms. Shaughnessy said Town CAO Mike Galloway had suggested she reach out to the community and get people to take up the challenge to find a use for the building.

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