To the editor:
For over nine months now, the School Committee and Administration of the Wilbur-McMahon School have been seeking a plan for the temporary housing of their students while the school undergoes needed renovation. They sought the help of the local churches and suggested that some of the students might be placed in their Sunday school areas.
The deciding body of the United Congregational Church, the Board of Trustees, considered this alternative very seriously each time it was brought to them by the Superintendent. The plan was not in consideration for some months during this time as portable classrooms were proposed for the entire school.
Last Tuesday, October 30, the School Committee voted 3-2 to propose to rent the United Congregational Church for Kindergarten and 1st grade and St. Andrews-By-The-Sea for the 2nd and 3rd grades, and to use portable classrooms for grades 4 through 8.
The United Congregational Church conducted an independent assessment of its facilities by knowledgeable contractors. It was shown that the church well is not adequate to handle the demand that would be put upon it (a total of forty-one students plus teachers and other staff). Therefore, on Sunday, November 4, at a special meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to decline to rent to the Wilbur School.
For the sake of the Little Compton school children, our church sends regrets that this housing proposal was not a viable one and hope that the School authorities will soon find a worthy alternative.
Chair, Board of Trustees
United Congregational Church