Before the present-day White Street School was built in 1904 across from Stratford Street, there was another White Street School. It was an mixed grade school, and it served the rural population in that area of the city. It was described in the 1900 City Report as having just a single school room -- in other words, it was a little old brick schoolhouse. It had 40 students and was heated only by a wood stove. The first teacher was Carol A. Moseley, in 1872, and in 1875 its teacher was Georgie A. Thayer.
The school operated on White Street, just before its intersection with Sumner Avenue, and served as a school until at least 1900. The building still exists today as the oldest schoolhouse in Springfield -- but for how much longer?
Yes, the school is the same building mentioned in the Republican article about the new firehouse, the building described as "a brick residential building which would have to be torn down." The building was built in 1872, and is probably the the oldest surviving building in that once-rural neighborhood.
It's unfortunate that we never seem to find these things out until decisions are already made.
Update: I drove by and took some pictures today. The house is remarkably intact from the outside, right down to the original wooden storm window on the front.
I also did some research and found that this is the last Little Red Schoolhouse in the City of Springfield. The uniqueness of this intact building warrants that it be saved from the wrecking ball.