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Dupont ponders fate of Pittston Area school building

The district might decide to close the Ben Franklin Kindergarten Center in the borough.

April 10. 2013 11:19PM

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Dupont’s regular council meeting is set for 7 p.m. May 7.

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DUPONT — Borough Council and residents on Tuesday discussed ways to fund continued improvements within the community and eyed what might happen to a school building in the borough if the Pittston Area School District decides to close it.

Borough officials are keeping an eye on developments regarding the possible closure of the Ben Franklin Kindergarten Center.

Council President Stanley Knick said his hope is to see the school building converted to accommodate senior citizen housing if the school is ultimately closed and the borough can obtain the property.

Councilman Bernie Zielinski referred to the original agreement that granted the land to the district, saying he believed the borough is entitled to the first opportunity to regain that land if were to again become available.

The school had been home to the Dupont Elementary School before the absorption of Dupont schools into the Pittston Area School District.

Dupont officials have consulted with county and state representatives about funding and hope to soon meet with district officials as well.

In other matters, Mayor Daniel Lello advised community members to be alert, proactive and vigilant after a string of break-ins and incidents of vandalism on and around the 100 block of Main Street.

Police investigation into the crimes is ongoing, so extensive details were not presented, but Lello said an aware populace is the best defense against petty crime.

Also on Tuesday, the council unanimously voted to allow a Pittston liquor license to be transferred into Dupont so that restaurateur Amouri Oliviera can use it when he opens Continental Bar and Grill at 317 Main St.

Oliviera has previously found success founding the Ipanema Grill, the region’s first eatery to offer Brazilian-style rodizio steakhouse faire. Continental Bar and Grill, however, will be far more casual, featuring billiards and occasional live music as well as catering.


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