The public school district was losing enrollment and funding; and the town was losing businesses and residents. Strengthening both the school district and town through greater community engagement involved adding new amenities and services, attracting new revenues, and capturing dollars that otherwise were leaving the local economy.
Rescue small public school district in distressed rural town.
Could not use new taxes or fund raising.
The solution involves a new application of an old concept – the “community house” – providing athletic, recreational, social and event uses for the district, town and seasonal residents, while utilizing local business vendors and capturing local revenues.