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Piece of Dallas Township School to be preserved

Cupola of historic structure to be saved, used in memorial

March 29. 2014 12:25AM

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DALLAS TWP. — Take a drive on Route 309 in Dallas Township, and you’ll probably notice the old Dallas Township School.

Township Supervisor Elizabeth Martin’s passion for the building extends back to her tenure as a history reporter for a weekly newspaper and her year spent as a student at the historic school for one year.

She took an interest in the building before she was a township supervisor — that interest resulted in her wanting to save a portion of it as an elected official.

The Dallas Township School is scheduled to be demolished on Tuesday, but not before officials can preserve at least a portion of it for future generations.

Crews will work to remove the historic cupola from the building at 10 a.m. on Monday. Dallas School District will restore the cupola and eventually erect a memorial for the Dallas Township School on the district campus.

Martin said the school district began to have active discussion on bringing the Dallas Township School down about a year ago. She worked with other township supervisors, and they decided that the township would like to have the cupola if the district did not want it.

Martin said the supervisors met with district officials to discuss the matter more seriously earlier this year, but the cost to bring the cupola down was more than what the district wanted to pay.

Martin made some phone calls, and Lane Crane Service has agreed to assist in bringing the historic cupola down.

“They are charging us next to nothing,” Martin said.

Kunkle Fire Company, Back Mountain Fire & EMS and Dallas Township officials will also be on hand to see the fixture removed from the building.

Martin called saving a piece of the building “multi-faceted” — she said it was an important piece of history for the school district, as well as the last historic building in the township.

“If we could save a piece of it … then the people that see it will either have a memory about it or be curious about it,” she said.

Martin said the school was built in the 1920s and was used up to the 1980s. While the district retained use and ownership of the building, she said the building was used infrequently. The gymnasium, however, was used until about a year ago, according to Martin.

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