Each time the Dublin ISD board of trustees met to discuss the possible demolition of the old intermediate school building, board members heard opposition from various community members.

At their January meeting, the board unanimously approved the demolition of the 75-year-old structure to pave the way for a new educational facility.

Now, those same community members are circulating a petition in a last-ditch effort to preserve the building.

"It's a part of Dublin's history," said Carol Bagley, petition organizer.

The building, constructed in 1936, was made from stones quarried south of Dublin by local craftsmen, according to Dublin Historical Society Director Mary Yantis.

Stones from the same quarry were used in the construction of other downtown buildings still standing today.

After three weeks of gathering signatures in person and at area retailers, more than 400 taxpayers have signed their names to the petition.

"Our goal is to have at least 500 signatures," Bagley said.

During the St. Patrick's Day Festival last weekend, Bagley manned a table to collect additional signatures and bring a broader awareness to the issue.

"It was a very productive weekend," she said.

Bagley will join others in a meeting Thursday to urge the board to reconsider the demolition and place the item on April's agenda when she plans to present the petition to the board.

But a petition offers no guarantee the building will be saved.

"A petition does not have any weight on placing an item on the agenda or mandate specific board consideration," said Barbara Williams, public information officer for the Texas Association of School Boards.

Petitions cannot reverse a board's action on a given issue - that authority rests soley with the board, according to Williams.

Williams went on to say if members of the community are dissatisfied with a board member's action, they should vote them out of office.

Bagley may have the intention of doing just that. This May, she will appear on the ballot along with eight other candidates to vie for two positions on the school board.

Unless the board places the demolition of the old intermediate building on hold, the building will be reduced to rubble when school breaks for the summer.