Board deeds Guion School Building to the City of Guion

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

In a special ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 28, Melbourne School District officially donated the City of Guion with irreplaceable gift, the “old Guion School Building”.

In a press release from the district by Leeanna Hoskinds, it was stated, “It is with great honor that the Melbourne School Board of Directors donated the property to the City of Guion on Thursday, October 28, 2021. Matt Rush, President of the School Board, presented Guion Mayor Kathy Roberts the deed in a small ceremony. “I think it’s important the Melbourne School District be good partners with our local community’s. It’s pretty cool to be a part of the rich heritage and tradition of the Guion community” commented Rush.”

Many students, along with numerous teachers and other school staff, have passed through the doors and spent time between the walls of the “old Guion School Building”. The building looks old and dignified with brick walls and large windows sitting atop the hill. There are two classrooms separated by a high ceiling hallway and the auditorium on the back side. Touring the building one feels all the nostalgia, and wonders what they would hear if the walls could talk?

The press release also included history of the property. “The current building was erected after the tornado of April 10, 1929 destroyed the previous school building. In 1968, the school, which had been in operation since the early part of the twentieth century, consolidated with Mount Pleasant and the school building was left empty. Throughout the years since the school closed, the building has been used for reunions, birthday parties, quilting clubs and city business.”

Mayor Roberts is very excited to begin making updates to the building to make it an even better space for the community. Like so many other things, the pandemic put a hold on the official transfer from the school district to the city.

Though the building is a historical treasure, especially with its unique brick exterior, Roberts said they will not be pursuing placement on the historic registry. “We don't want to change the school, but we don't want to go through all of the red tape,” said Mayor Roberts. Due to the repairs that are needed, the mayor said they wanted to be able to keep their options when completing some exterior updates.

Local school buildings are a community asset and residents have a sense of ownership and investment in them, even when closed. The Guion School building needs some repairs and renovations; however, Mayor Roberts and community members Stacy and Randy Engles are excited about the future of the building and the community of Guion.

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