Old School

The source of countless lessons learned and friendships forged, the old brick school house located just off the town square, served the area’s children for nearly seventy-five years. Welcoming its first students in the fall of 1920, the two-story red brick schoolhouse was a replacement for the older, white-washed building which once stood in a field behind it. Games were won and lost, field trips disembarked, and countless bells rang signalling the end of one period and the beginning of another. For more than 30 years, the school served all grades from kindergarten through high school seniors. The edifice, now vacant, evolved numerous times after closing its doors in 1992, including its utilization as a satellite branch of Kent State University, a space for the Twinsburg Community Theatre, and a proposal to transform it into a perambulator museum.

Exterior of vacant school building taken April 26, 2016.

Exterior of vacant school building taken April 26, 2016.

These flickers of life-saving purpose came and went, leaving the empty building to age and weather. For many residents and former students, the thought of the school being demolished is too difficult to fathom. An attempt to demolish the building in 2013 was rejected by the Twinsburg Architectural Review Board, designating it historically significant. Jennifer Frazier, a member of the Board was quoted as saying, “After touring it I believe that it can be saved, even though it will be expensive”, while community supporter Michael Turle said, “It’s part of our history, it’s part of our town” and “There’s nothing appropriate about destroying history for lack of a plan.”

Not everyone felt the same level of attachment to the faded facade of the former schoolhouse. From a financial perspective, retired Twinsburg Mayors James Karabec and Katherine Procop, viewed the costs associated with preserving and repurposing the structure as an improper use of taxpayer money. Renovating the structure was estimated to be around $8 million in 2013, not including an additional $700,000 in annual maintenance.

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