Once the 2018-19 school year comes to an end Friday, efforts to strip and ultimately demolish the current high school will begin in earnest. The process will move rapidly but former students, teachers and others will have one last opportunity to walk the halls.Though classrooms will be locked, visitors will be welcomed on Thursday, May 30 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Former students who painted ceiling tiles in the building will be welcome to take them and someone will be on site to help with removal, according to principal David Boland.Surplus equipment from the school that will not be moved to the new campus will be liquidated at a giant yard sale June 19-20 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Desks, chairs, tables etc. will be available at ‘rock bottom prices’ which should interest churches, Sunday schools and day care centers, Boland added.The demolition team will officially take possession of the building at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 but the bulldozers could start rolling on the site as soon as June 24. When they are done, only the current college and career academy, current gym and an auxiliary building behind the gym will be left standing.A new turf soccer/practice field will be installed where the current high school now stands. The college and career academy will be repurposed for athletics with CTAE functions being incorporated into the new high school building.’Soccer has become our biggest and most successful athletic program year in and year out. To date, our boys and girls soccer players have not had their own locker rooms. They will now have those in the building right next to the new field which will have lighting and be suitable for small events like JV games, etc,’ superintendent Jute Wilson said.The current college and career academy will retain the multipurpose room which is now used for Rotary meetings and professional development events.
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