Groundbreaking on Monday for new home of Baxendale Schoolhouse

Phil Drake

A long-awaited groundbreaking will be Monday at the new location for the Baxendale Schoolhouse, Preserve Montana officials said.

Officials said Thursday there will not be any groundbreaking celebration Monday, adding that will be planned later once the project is completed.

It’s an actual groundbreaking.

The school, which Preserve Montana adopted and moved in 2019, will be placed onto a foundation this summer on land leased from the Archie Bray Foundation, at 2965 Country Club Road.

“It’s a … beautiful setting by an old farm,” said Chere Jiusto, executive director of Preserve Montana. “It’s just the right place to put it.”

Jiusto said earth-graders will be at the site on Monday and Preserve Montana will be there along with the architects.

“When the whole thing is done, it will be open to the public and we will ring the school bell,” she said.

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Jiusto added the bell tower, which was removed when the building was relocated, will also be restored as the “crowning touch.” While the tower will not have the original bell, there will be one from the era.

They have the outhouse as well, which will serve a

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