Five schools will be torn down as a result of the move to the new Portsmouth High/Junior High School and Portsmouth Elementary School. The demolition of the buildings is scheduled to be finished May 1, 2007.
“We are ready to begin classes in our new buildings in the fall,” said Jan Broughton, superintendent of the Portsmouth City School District. “Everything is right on schedule.”
Harding Elementary School will be the first to be torn down. Elementary students in Sciotoville are already attending the new East Portsmouth Elementary School. The demolition for Harding is scheduled to start on March 13 and be finished by May 12. Diamond Excavating was awarded a $164,000 contract to tear down the building.
The current Portsmouth High/Junior High School will be the next to go with demolition set to begin Aug. 21 and end Dec. 22. Boone Coleman Construction was given a $401,170 contract to tear down the building.
Next will be Roosevelt Elementary, which is scheduled to be demolished on Oct. 16 and be finished by Dec. 15. Diamond Excavating received a $136,000 contract to tear down the building.
Wilson Elementary School is scheduled to get torn down beginning Dec. 26 and ending Feb. 27, 2007. Shawnee Forestry has a $171,000 contract to demolish the building.
The last school torn down will be McKinley Elementary School. The project is scheduled to start on Feb. 28, 2007, and finish by May 1, 2007. The demolition will be done by Shawnee Forestry, with a contract of $168,000.
Eighty percent of the money for the demolitions will come from the Ohio School Facilities Commission. Twenty percent will come from local project dollars.
Emily Salmon can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.