Eagle Hill School seeks to spread its wings
Published 12:00 am, Friday, February 3, 2017
FAIRFIELD — Eagle Hill School Southport is banking on using a historic building next door to it’s Main Street facility for school space.
The Town Plan and Zoning Commission recently approved a public hearing on the request to use what, until recently, was a People’s United Bank branch at 226 Main Street. The name on the building, however, is Southport Savings Bank, established in 1854.
Eagle Hill, which opened in 1985 as school for children with learning disabilities and ADHD, operates out of the former Pequot School building next door to the bank branch.
According to its statement of intent, the current school building provides about 17,000 square feet of useable space. “There is little space available for student gatherings or specialized activities like music,” according to the statement.
The school intends to acquire the bank building, which would provide another 3,650 square feet and allow for Eagle Hill’s first dedicated music and performing arts center. The admissions and fund raising offices would also be relocated to the bank building.
The statement said the goal of the acquisition is not to increase student enrollment or staffing “at this time,” but will “afford EHSS a significant opportunity to improve the existing program and create better opportunities for the students.”
Eagle Hill holds a 99-year lease on its current building,which was extensively renovated in the 1990s.
The school serves 101 students, ages 6 to15. While not arranged by grade, but students typically range from first-graders through ninth-graders. Tuition is $50,400 a year, and 25 percent of the student population receives financial aid.
“The addition of dedicated and purpose-built art and music spaces is anticipated to have a large impact on student experiences and outcomes,” according to the statement of intent.