NEWTOWN SQUARE–On June 5, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Joseph Cronin approved the petition for approval of the , free of use limitations, in Newtown Square.
The petition was filed by on April 27 to the Orphans' Court for approval of sale. The historic school house, which dates back to the 1870s, is located on 0.41 acres on the campus at 556 N. Newtown Street Rd., just south of St. Davids Rd.
According to Township Solicitor Richard Sokorai, Judge Cronin verbally approved the petition last Thursday, June 5, and the township received the written approval by the following day.
"He approved it upon the hearing," said Sokorai after Monday night's Board of Supervisors meeting.
Sokorai also laid to rest the rumors that the Wyola School will be demolished.
"A lot of people have the misconception that it's going to be demolished but it's sold specifically to pursue an easement that it has to be preserved. If they don't preserve it, we can and then lien the property," said Sokorai.
The next step, according to Sokorai, will be selling the property through a sealed bid or by public auction. According to Sokorai, the township will most likely go forward with a public auction.
Township Manager Mike Trio previously stated the sale of the old Newtown Public School No. 1, or more commonly known as the Wyola School, would bring additional revenue back to the township. Wyola School is currently leased to Episcopal Academy for about $15,000.