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Donations sought to save schoolhouse in Liverpool Township

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LIVERPOOL TWP. — Liverpool Township trustees received a state grant to help with the renovation and restoration the township’s only remaining one-room schoolhouse, but are still in need of local dollars to fully fund the project.

The schoolhouse is located on the northeast corner of Center Road near Station Road and has a history that dates back to the late 1880s.

The grant is part of a larger one received from the Facilities Construction Commission, which had been open to all Medina County historical museums. Local and state officials including state Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township, and state Rep. Darrell Kick, R-Loudonville, spearheaded the grant.

According to a press release, Liverpool’s portion of the grant is $25,000 with another $12,500 to come from local matching funds. Funds can be cash or in-kind donations.

“We’re trying to bring it back to being a functional building,” Trustee Paul Schaefer said Friday.

The cost of the project is expected to be around $50,000 to $60,000, but with the help of community members who are willing to donate time and materials, the hope is that it will cost less.

“We’re moving forward in an orderly organized fashion,” Schaefer said. “I’d love to have it done by the end of this year but probably sometime next year is going to be realistic (to finish the project).”

The building, which is estimated to have been built around 1895, had a collapsed floor, rotten beams and a few broken windows.

Schaefer, aided by volunteers, has replaced the beams, re-glazed the windows that were still intact, and replaced broken windows.

Additional work will give the building a new chimney, new roof and new drainage system while trying to keep as much of the original materials intact as possible.

“The township purchased the school property from Buckeye Schools and this building was part of that purchase,” Schaefer said.

“Basically, the school system didn’t have use for it so it fell into poor repair. It’s always been my thing to fix old buildings.

“I guess, so I kind of took a hold of it and made it my project.”

After renovations are completed, the school house will be used for historical events.

The township and Liverpool Township Historical Society are grateful for those who have donated and are still looking for donations which can be in the form of cash or kind donations such as providing materials or skilled labor.

If you are interested in donating, contact Township Trustee Paul Schaefer at (330) 635-1023.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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