Edmond group raising funds to preserve school building


Monday, August 23rd 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


(Edmond-AP) -- An Edmond group is raising funds to preserve what
it says is the state's oldest schoolhouse.

Harry Kocurek is president of the Edmond
Historic Preservation Trust. Kocurek says 125-thousand dollars is
needed to purchase the site east of downtown. An equal amount is
needed for renovation.

He says the Edmond Pioneer Public Schoolhouse Restoration
Project will spend two years raising the money.

Kocurek's organization says the building was the first
schoolhouse in Oklahoma Territory. Built by volunteers and paid for
by the women of Edmond, it opened on September 5th, 1892. It was
last used as the Sanders Camera Shop and is owned by the Sanders
family.

Kocurek says the trust hopes to restore it as the original
one-room school.