Kidder building long a town treasure

The then-new Mattapan Branch Library building is shown on Blue Hills Parkway with the notation 1929.

(Archival photo from “The First Sixty Years of the Milton Public Library: 1870-1931” by Nathaniel Kidder)

The Discovery Schoolhouse is looking to continue to face its next big steps with the can-do attitude that brought it through the challenges of 2020.

The early education child care and preschool center faces a Jan. 18 deadline to file a bid with the town to buy the property that was the former Kidder library branch at 101 Blue Hills Parkway.

If the bid to buy the building where it has been located for more than a decade is unsuccessful, the school could face a possible move by June 30.

However, Discovery Schoolhouse Director Brian Scheff said in a recent interview that he is thinking positively and focusing on a fundraising campaign, which like most endeavors got off to an odd start last year.

“We’re planning on buying the Kidder property and doing everything we can to make it happen,” said Scheff, who started the school in 1992 and thinks it is a resource the community needs to preserve.

He said the town will have up to six months to determine whether to accept the proposal to buy the property.

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