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New buyer keeps Crotched Mountain School open

By: - November 21, 2022 4:47 pm

Seven Hills Foundation announced Nov. 21, 2022 that it will buy the Crotchet Mountain School from Legacy by Gersh, avoiding a closure. (Screenshot from Seven Hills Foundation website.)

A Massachusetts-based company that provides health and other services at more than 200 locations in New England and abroad announced Monday that it is buying the Crotched Mountain School for children with disabilities, which was set to close this week. 

Seven Hills Foundation, headquartered in Worcester, announced it had an agreement to buy the 125-acre property from Legacy by Gersh for an undisclosed amount. The company received its license to operate the day and residential school Saturday, the day after Gersh’s license ended. 

There are currently 38 students at the school, according to a press release from Seven Hills Foundation. Gersh announced in October that it would close its doors Nov. 18, citing hiring challenges. The short-notice left families of children whose disabilities are too complex for public school with limited alternatives.

Michelle McKenzie, a spokesperson for Seven Hills Foundation, said in an email that hiring is not a concern for them..

“Seven Hills employs more than 4,000 people throughout New England and has an active team of HR professionals dedicated solely to recruitment,” she said. “The organization is confident in its ability to recruit and retain the quality staff needed to operate the school.”

Located in Greenfield, the Crotched Mountain School serves children and young adults with autism between ages 4 and 21 and offers a vocational education program.

In its press release, Seven Hills Foundation said its offers a continuum of care services to 60,000 children, adults, and seniors with disabilities and “other life challenges” across its sites. 

The president of Seven Hills Foundation, Dr. David A. Jordan, knows the property well. He previously served as the president of the Crotched Mountain Foundation from 1985-1995, the company said in its press release.

“This will be a bit of a homecoming for me because I dedicated a significant part of my professional career to making this school one of excellence,” he said in the statement. “I look forward to creating a new and promising future for Crotched Mountain School.”

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Annmarie Timmins
Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. Email: [email protected]