The intended purchase of the Centreville Armory was the theme and focus for the Wye River Upper School Board of Trustees during their annual fall retreat. The school has set their sights on a renovated Armory building as the location of the school by the school year 2012-13.
The growing group of nine trustees and five advisors gathered for a full day of work at 104 Kidwell, a bed and breakfast within steps of their new home.
In addition to planning for a relocation, the Board elected it’s slate of officers. John Devlin of Oxford, Maryland was elected as Chair of the Board. John has most recently served as Vice-Chair and chaired the school’s Strategic Plan Committee. Ludy Eglseder, M.D. was elected to the position of Vice Chair, Ginny Capute of Easton and Bob Richardson of Ellicott City will continue as Recording Secretary and Treasurer. Patricia McGlannan steps down as Chair and will remain as an active Trustee.
The school’s recently launched campaign to acquire the building and complete the renovations has started on a strong note, with substantial pledges.
“There is great enthusiasm and energy within the town of Centreville for this project. It goes beyond our mission to educate high school students with learning differences, it is now about community development and historic renovation. People stop me to congratulate us and to tell a story of their memories of the building. They are happy to see it come back to life.” reports WRUS Executive Director and Co-Founder Chrissy Aull.
A proposal is before the Vestry of next-door neighbor St. Paul’s Church to lease a portion of their parking spaces . The school administration hopes to arrange use of nearby ball fields for their morning soccer practices. The building has it’s own wood floor basketball court, which will be restored for use by the school’s teams.
“We are equally pleased to be able to repurpose an existing structure, in an environmentally minded fashion,” says John Devlin. “The opportunity to renovate, rather than create a new building footprint was a compelling reason for our choice- we like the idea of modeling environmental stewardship as well as teaching it. Our ability to share parking will avoid the creation of unnecessary impervious surfaces.” The school plans to incorporate the use of a geothermal conditioning system to heat and cool the building.
“We certainly appreciate the wonderful support we have already received for this project,” notes Aull. “Yet we need the help of the greater community – those that believe in educational choices as well as those who want to be a part of bringing life back to this Queen Anne’s County landmark. WRUS will be a great boost to downtown Centreville, as we spend money and bring energy to the downtown area.”
Wye River Upper School is an independent high school serving the strengths and needs of students with learning differences. For further information about the school or the building project, contact Aull at 410-827-5822.