Feature Photo by Theresa Doumitt
By Guy Gregory
MCDC Communications Specialist
The Musselshell Rural Investment Cooperative has been an integral partner, along with other investors, in helping to save Roundup’s historic Central School from the wrecking ball. Recently, the Central School Development Venture, LP bought the school property from the Roundup School District, placing it under their private ownership. Other investors include Randy Hafer, of High Plains Architects (Billings), and the Central School Development Venture.
According to Musselshell Rural Investment Cooperative Vice President Theresa Doumitt, construction has begun on replacing the building’s roof. Doumitt says the architectural design process is currently underway and the upcoming work on renovations are planned to start in late summer or early fall. She adds that there are also plans for a fundraiser to financially support revitalizing the historic school’s playground.
In a press release sent out April 8, following the official change of ownership, Doumitt acknowledged all those involved in the historic preservation project:
“Thank you to the Roundup School District for your patience and professionalism, and for valuing our community’s history! Thank you to Randy Hafer and the Central School Development Venture for investing in Roundup and helping preserve our heritage through this project. And thank you to the community members who have attended all of our meetings, the Musselshell Rural Investment Cooperative and their members who have invested in the project, and all those who have volunteered countless hours in support of this effort.”