Ex-Sarah J. Dymond Elementary School eyed for treatment center

By Geri Gibbons - For Times Leader
The former Sarah J. Dymond Elementary School in Harding is being eyed for a possible drug rehabilitation center. - Geri Gibbons | For Times Leader

EXETER TWP. — News that a drug rehabilitation center may be coming to the former Sarah J. Dymond Elementary School in Harding has created much talk in the community, both pro and con.

Residents will have the opportunity to learn more at a zoning board hearing later this month, although some have said they plan to ask about it during Monday night’s township supervisors meeting.

But a formal discussion won’t be held until the zoning board meeting June 25, Supervisor Robert Kile said, as the matter is currently before that body.

“I did hear that residents would be coming out to Monday night’s supervisors meeting and they are certainly welcome to do that,” Kile said of the 7 p.m. session. “We won’t be officially addressing it – that would be the zoning board’s job.”

Wyoming Area School Board members voted in 2016 to close the school on Sutton Creek Road as part of a district restructuring.

District solicitor Jarrett Ferentino said the property has been transferred to Dr. Robert Dompkosky.

Dompkosky, a Mountain Top physician, heads Addiction Alliance LLC, which is planning to open a similar facility on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre. Efforts to reach Dompkosky on Saturday were not immediately successful.

An application for the Dymond project was submitted to Exeter Township’s zoning department Feb. 14, describing the proposed use as a “short term inpatient counseling facility.”

Kile said the use does not fit the township’s current zoning requirements for the property. Township solicitor Gene Molino explained that the project is far from a done deal, and that it must first come before the zoning board to request a special exception.

The former Sarah J. Dymond Elementary School in Harding is being eyed for a possible drug rehabilitation center.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_sara-photo-1.jpgThe former Sarah J. Dymond Elementary School in Harding is being eyed for a possible drug rehabilitation center. Geri Gibbons | For Times Leader

By Geri Gibbons

For Times Leader