Carol Bagley was first to address the Dublin ISD board of trustees during their regular meeting Thursday night regarding the demolition of the old intermediate school building.
"We feel that more consideration should be given to your actions before this icon is lost forever," Bagley told board members.
Petitions are in the hands of concerned citizens gathering signatures to present to the board in April. More than 400 signatures have already been collected with more than two weeks remaining before the next meeting.
Bagley began by clarifying misconceptions of the movement she is spearheading to save the 1936 building from the wrecking ball this summer.
Although the demolition is included in the plans to renovate Dublin's campuses, the movement is not about the upcoming bond election, Bagley said.
She said the city has made strides in preserving the past and boasts three museums, numerous historical markers and a driving tour of historic homes.
"This is strictly about attempting to save a part of our history," Bagley said.
After presenting information about the building's 75-year history, she summarized her conversations with seven of the nine companies that submitted bids to lead the demolition and agreed that the old school had historical significance.
"The company that impressed me most was Renew Environmental," Bagley said.
According to Bagley, the company restores historic structures including the recent restoration of the governor's mansion in Austin. She said the company's president, Jeff Young, wanted to use stones and lumber from the intermediate building for a restoration project in Austin.
Bagley's plea to the board to reconsider were apparently enough for one member.
"Since there has been such an outcry from the community, this issue is worth reconsidering and investigating further," board member Adrianne Fails said.
Fails, who is running for reelection against Bagley and seven others, said she will request the issue be placed on the board's April agenda.