HARVARD -- Options for the potential relocation of Harvard's school administration have dwindled over the past few months, leaving staff anchored in the Bromfield House for the moment.

The School Committee previously entertained three options for relocating the superintendent and eight staff members from the house, which needs about $685,000 in repairs.

One option was to move staff into Town Hall, which is in the planning stages of a multi-million-dollar renovation project.

But with the current plan chosen for the building's renovation, the group was told there would be no space available for the staff on the second floor, said School Committee Chairwoman SusanMary Redinger.

Another plan to look for space at the old library turned out to be quite expensive, with a price tag of $1.4 million to $1.6 million, Redinger said.

The plan would have been to find suitable office space in the building and make it accessible by the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Redinger said.

But the space is already being used for the Center on the Common, she said, and the plan would mean kicking them out.

"We're back to square one, which is staying in the current building for now until suitable acceptable space can be found," she said.

Meanwhile, the committee is still looking into moving staff into the kindergarten wing of Hildreth Elementary School.


A structural assessment of the wing will let the committee know if it's possible to add office space to it, Redinger said.

The option of rebuilding completely on the site of the Bromfield House is also still open.

"We obviously need to find the funding for it but we could either renovate the building or tear it down or build new," she said, adding that the cost estimate is about $800,000 to build new.

"We could also add additional space in the back that would expand the space and then make it also a conference room or meeting room," she said.

But at the moment, there's no immediate need or safety concerns for a new spot, she said.

"We are happily settled into the house until we could find alternate space that meets our needs and is financially feasible," she said.

Once the staff moves out, the historic house that Margaret Blanchard donated to the town could be sold. If so, the money from the sale would need to be used for educational purposes, as outlined in Blanchard's will.

"If we decided to abandon it and move out then we would turn it back over to the town," Redinger said. "The town would then vote whether to retain it or sell it."

Space isn't the main issue with keeping staff in the house. It's more about the cost of repairs.

"We have plenty of room, it's just that the house is old and repairs cost money," said Superintendent Linda Dwight.

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