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Select Board Considers Future Of Mt. Hope School Lease

With its lease on a town-owned building expiring in 2030, the leadership of the private Pre K-6 Mt. Hope Christian School is asking the Select Board to decide whether or not it plans to extend the tenancy. 

The school is located in the former Meadowbrook School and has been there since 1985, according to Patch. They have about 350 students, about half of whom are Burlington residents, according to Town Administrator Paul Sagarino. “They’ve maintained our building extremely well,” Sagarino said. “The town pays for major systems in the bundling, and the school handles day to day maintenance and upkeep. They’ve done a fantastic job.” Sagarino said the school approached him looking for advance notice so they can begin looking for a new space, ideally remaining in Burlington, if the town decides not to renew their lease. 

“The school is very popular, so they’re looking for more space currently within the town. They would love to stay in Burlington.” 

It’s an interesting proposition for the town, which has long bemoaned the lack of spaces for municipal offices. 

“My thought was, because of the space crunch we have at Town Hall, getting that property would be really helpful with future needs,” said Select Board Member Mike Espejo. 

But Select Board Chair Mike Runyan seemed more inclined to prioritize the status quo. “They’ve been great neighbors. I’d like to see them remain part of Burlington,” he said. “If they can remain where they are, great. We need to do some research. It would be a shame to lose them.” 

Select Board members have been invited to tour the facility and learn more about it in order to help guide their decision.