DuBois, PA – After closing down three elementary schools and putting the buildings up for sale, the DuBois Area School District approved some potential buyers.

The board approved 6-1 to the sale agreements for the Sykesville, Luthersburg and Highland Elementary School buildings. Sykesville and Luthersburg were shut down earlier this year, and Highland was closed several years ago.

The former Sykesville building will be sold at the appraised value of $150,000 to Dave Roman Excavating.

The former Luthersburg building will be sold at the appraised value of $120,000 to Bradley and Kimberly Blackwood.

An engineering firm will help subdivide the former Highland Street Elementary School building property, including the ball field and extra acreage. It will be sold at 90 percent of its appraised value for $171,000 to Pyramid Healthcare.

These agreements are all pending approval from the County Court of Common Pleas.

The only dissenting vote from the school board was Tim Deluccia, who said he didn’t agree with the closings in the first place but also thought that the properties could be worth more money.

After the closings, some elementary students will be headed to different schools within the district this year. Penfield students will be split between Oklahoma and Juniata, Sykesville students will go to C.G. Johnson, and Luthersburg will be integrated into Wasson Elementary.

Kids in the DuBois Area School District will head back for the first day of school this year on Tuesday, Aug. 29.


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