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Historic schoolhouse on way to new home


Flansburgh School a step closer to permanent location


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Once it's restored, the township hopes to use the former one-room school to house its archives and existing one-room school house display. photo by Maria Brown.

November 07, 2018
GOODLAND TWP. — The former Flansburgh School is one step closer to its new and likely final home.

Last week Monday the one-room schoolhouse was moved from its temporary spot in the township's parking lot to a new location, immediately south of the library.

Supervisor Ron Cischke said the township was waiting to finalize a property purchase for a new park before positioning the schoolhouse.

Last fall the building, constructed in 1869, was moved from its original location at Shaw and Wheeling roads to the township hall on M-53.

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"Now we can decide what we'll do with the school but keep it as original as we can," Cischke said.

In September 2017, the Save the School committee reached their $15,000 fundraising goal to move the historic building. Advocates hope to restore the building and use it to house the township's archives and one-room schoolhouse display. There's a possibility the school can be rented out for family gatherings and meetings.

Brad Cummings and his son, Shayne, oversaw the moving processes both times. Brad said the short move across the parking lot went smoothly.

"It got tested when we took it down the road last year," Brad said.

The Cummings, who move buildings for a living, said it's been a pleasure to work on this particular project.

"It's nice to see a building like this fixed and made whole again," Brad said.

The plan is to put a 48 inch tall foundation underneath the old school.

"This has all been done by donations. We haven't spent a bit of general funds monies," Cischke said.

In late 2016, Goodland received a $67,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to purchase property for a future park.

Once that transaction was complete and the township's property line was expanded to the south, the school could be moved to its permanent home.

Cischke said that the township will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate their recent facility expansions at a later date.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.
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