Pendleton - The fate of an empty, historic school building could be decided soon by the Pendleton Historical Preservation Commission, which will meet Aug. 20 to hear what the community has to say about the structure.
Located on East Street, nestled closely between two other elementary school campuses, the historic school — often called the high-rise — was built in 1936 with federal New Deal monies. The school has since been used as a high school and a middle school.
The 7 p.m. meeting was set after South Madison Community School Corp. applied for a Certificate of Appropriateness with the commission in a bid to tear down the school — which has been empty for several years.
The certificate, if granted, essentially would allow the SMCSC board to demolish the building.