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July 9, 2014

Heard around town in Danvers: Former Clark School’s green acres for sale

DANVERS — If you have $1.2 million, are in the market for an antique farmhouse that once served as a private school and like living adjacent to a farm, then these green acres may be for you.

The former Clark School property at 487 Locust St. is up for sale. The property sits in a bucolic residential neighborhood that overlooks the expansive orchards and fields of Connors Farm on Valley Road.

“The property is listed for sale at $1.2 million, and it’s active,” said Kristen Leone, the listing agent with Keller Williams Realty and the daughter of the school’s co-founder, Sharon Clark.

The property features an antique farmhouse built in 1665. There are 11 rooms, two full bathrooms and five partial ones sitting on 2.5 acres that served as space for the private school since 1984. The K-12 Clark is moving to Rowley this fall after outgrowing its present campus. This campus was the school’s third since its founding in 1978 by Sharon and Ronald Clark.

“We’ve talked with several parties, and I really don’t know much,” said Sharon Clark, who added that she is not involved with handling of the sale of the property, though she’s listed as the manager of 487-489 Locust Street Realty LLC, the company that owns the property. Her husband died in August 2006, according to the deed.

“My job is to manage and maintain the school,” said Clark’s son, Jeff Clark, head of school, who is not involved with the sale and has no idea if one is pending. The school rented the property from the realty company.

Thorpe School honors former aide with outdoor classroom

Thorpe Elementary School on Avon Road dedicated an outdoor classroom in memory of former teacher aide Eileen McGuirk on June 25, with many of her family in attendance, said Principal Rita Ward, who got a big hug from McGuirk’s daughter, Erin, during the ceremony.

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