New England Classical Academy has been looking for new home for about a year.
Their landlord, St. Mary's Catholic Church, has decided to reopen their own school and needs the space occupied by NECA. On Wednesday, May 23 NECA Executive Director Elizabeth Wilber signed a purchase and sale agreement with National Field Representatives for their vacant building at 59 Old Church Road. NFR has moved to a new building on Maple Street.
Marianne Kepler, a member of the NECA board of directors, noted that the new location for the NECA is just up the road from the original St. Mary's Catholic Church, where NECA has held its graduation ceremony most years.
St. Mary's, she said, is the oldest Catholic parish in western New Hampshire. It was established in 1822 by Virgil Barber, a convert from Episcopalianism. Barber also founded the New England Catholic Academy.
“It think it's great that it had the same initials as our school does,” said Kepler. The modern NECA has been open for a decade and so has already been around longer than the Catholic academy, which closed after six years due to lack of funds.
Wilber has already raised $23,000 toward paying the mortgage on NECA's new home. Her goal is $35,000. The NFR property also needs fire alarms, a new septic systems and some other minor changes. “Fundraising will be easier now that we can show people the building,” she said.