PHOENIXVILLE - Sandy Momyer of the Friends of the Schuylkill Committee implored Phoenixville Area School District Finance Committee members to support an effort to save the historic 1930 portion of Schuylkill Elementary School.

Demolition and construction surround the 1930 building in an effort to build a new elementary school. Momyer requested that the PASD supply $10,000 to help pay for a study that would determine whether the building would be suitable for district office space.

The committee agreed to include the request as a voting item at the Feb. 12 meeting of the full school board.

Momyer agreed that the structure might need to be gutted to allow an adaptive reuse to save parts but not the whole of the structure.

"It has outlived its use as a school, but it can be used as something else," said Momyer.

The group has already secured $10,000 for the cost of the study. The full cost is $20,000.

Momyer's group has applied for six grants which total in excess of $10,000 and hopes that the PASD will be repaid the $10,000 for the grants. Momyer said that at most the PASD will end up paying 50 percent of the cost of a study which might save the district $80,000 in demolition costs of the historic building.

Finance Committe Chair William Mea said that he would support the idea in committee, although he referred to the building as "sick."

He said that although he personally was opposed to the conversion of the building to office space or "spending a dime" on the project, he said that the full school board should be allowed to vote on the project Feb. 12.

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