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School Board Officially Approves Closure of Glenside-Weldon

A view of the lobby of the former Glenside-Weldon Elementary School. Credit: Mischa Arnosky
A view of the lobby of the former Glenside-Weldon Elementary School. Credit: Mischa Arnosky
The Abington School Board on Tuesday night passed a resolution that closes the former Glenside-Weldon Elementary School ... as a school. 

The motion permanently closed the school, which is located in the 400 block of North Easton Road, effective Jan. 15. The school board held a formal public hearing regarding the closure of the school in mid-September. According to regulations, the school board was able to take formal action regarding the school's closure three months after the hearing. 

Yesterday, the school board notified the Pennsylvania Department of Education of its intent to close the school. 

Here are some other notable dates regarding the likely demolition of the school, as outlined by Abington School District Facilities Supervisor Stephen Saile last year.

  • Jan. 28: The board will likely consider a motion to advertise the Glenside-Weldon demolition project.
  • Jan. 30: Should that motion pass, school district officials will submit a demolition permit to the township.
  • Feb. 6: The project will be open to bids.
  • March 6: The board will receive the bids, and five days later, the board will consider taking action to award the demolition contracts.
  • April 11: The board will take action to execute contracts for the demolition project.
  • April 23: Construction will commence.
  • Sept. 6 through Oct. 24: Final completion and project closeout.

According to Saile and Assistant Superintendent Leigh Altadonna, if the district were to renovate and add on to the building instead of razing it, those modifications would cost $29.4 million next year and would cost $44.9 million in 2024; the cost of a new building in 2014 would be an estimated $26.2 million and about $36.6 million 10 years from now.

The cost to knock down the building will be about $2 million.

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Tim Lewis January 16, 2014 at 07:18 PM
These are all democrats - what do you expect? They are all about control and false transparency, and simply took a page from the new Commissioners (who stole it from the President): "We are the majority - deal with it!"
Joanne Alison Kash January 16, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Glenside Weldon isn't just any school like Roslyn overlook highland or McKinley... That is just tucked away in the neighborhood. .... It IS Glenside! It is in the heart of Glenside a major part of the community a structure that stands tall with the sense of pride that all people who went there feel and all community members share
Tim Lewis January 16, 2014 at 09:27 PM
Glenside is reliably Republican, a great place to live that has always focused on faith and family. This is payback by the democrats - deal with it.
Will Weikel January 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM
I heard The news that my elementary school is going to be knocked down, and I am horrified. To think that the school where my father met his best friend of 60 years, of where my sister brother and I all met our best friends of years and of where my oldest nephew met his best friend will no longer be nestled between the keswick village shops and New Life church (previously the Casa Conti) is very upsetting. We still have a elementary school between Cricket and Central avenues in Arsdley, that is significantly less "monumental" then old GW always has been, yet there it still stands. It's also disappointing, that as a member of the Abington Glenside community for all 35 years of my existence, that the school that was supposed to be magnificent and replace GW was built on a dump, has horrible parking & dropping off situation and is also full to the brim with students. My concern with this closing/demolition of Glenside-Weldon is that I wonder if "we", we bc it is our community and taxes that pay for all of this, have put as much deep thought into doing the best for this historical building as we did when planning for our new replacement elementary school over a decade ago. Once the schools torn to the ground, there is no resurrecting the school from its ashes... It would Be awful to make such a Grand mistake. What do you think Glenside?
shari January 19, 2014 at 07:42 AM
I think knocking it down is a good idea and they should concentrate on remodeling the high school. My son was bused to GW for two years while overlook was being rebuilt. My son was always coming home sick with sore throats and headaches and in the summer it was worse. I know for people that live there its a historical site, but i sure dont like paying school tax on something that isnt being utilized. They should redo the senior high and put in air conditioning. It may be done maybe in the future but not now.

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