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Merrimack Valley

March 26, 2013

Old building readies for new assignment

Lawrence has $500K plan for Henry K. Oliver School improvements

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“It’s exactly 100 years-old, so we want to really make a splash in there this year,” McLaughlin said.

“Just like ‘This Old House’,” he said, referring to the popular PBS television series that features remodeling of old homes.

“Everything can be renovated and restored. The (Oliver) building is 100 years old. But there are a lot of school buildings that are over 100 years old that are good schools, and this could be one of them,”McLaughlin said.

“It should be. Henry K. Oliver was an interesting guy,” he said.

The “Oliver Grammar School” was named in his honor, for his service to the city as Superintendent of Schools (1857-59). He later served as mayor of Lawrence; mayor of Salem, Mass.; a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives; and Treasurer of the Commonwealth.

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