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Demolition begins on former Maugansville Elementary School

October 07, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

MAUGANSVILLE -- The demolition of Maugansville Elementary School began Monday and officials expect the building to be leveled within the next few weeks.

The school is being torn down to make way for a paved access road that will lead to the new Maugansville Elementary directly behind the old school, portions of which were built in 1936, said Rob Rollins, acting executive director for school operations for Washington County Public Schools. He said the access road will have a sidewalk and is expected to be complete by early December.

A new Maugansville Elementary opened for students in August directly behind the old school. A replacement school for Pangborn Elementary and a new Rockland Woods Elementary School also opened in August.

"We're also adding an additional soccer field," Rollins said. "There will be some additional recreational opportunities for the children."

Crews were working Monday afternoon to destroy parts of the rear of the old school building.

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Some of the oldest parts of the original Maugansville Elementary School will be spared, including the cornerstone of the building that reads "1936" and stone that was embedded in brick that reads "Maugansville Elementary School."

Rollins said those portions of the building will be incorporated into a monument at the new Maugansville Elementary, but details of the project have not been finalized.

"It will be in front of the new school to tie old and new together," he said. "We're still deciding how we'll build that."

Demolition to the old Pangborn Elementary began in July, making way for a bus loop and ball fields for students at a new school south of the old building. Rollins said the bus loop is now complete and the ball fields are expected to be ready for students by spring.

"We're just glad to be proceeding forward and finishing the job, so the whole project can be finished for the use of students in the community," Rollins said of the Maugansville project.

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