The former Washington Township School on State Road 23 next to the fire station is a pile of bricks, boards and broken glass. Chris Loehmer from Monterey-based Chris Loehmer Excavating is demolishing the building free of charge for the township. The school opened in 1959 and closed when Knox Community School Corporation folded the township schools into one site.
Washington Township officials decided to tear the building down due to safety concerns and the high cost to make repairs. Site cleanup work will continue through the end of the week. Until the rubble is removed, the adjacent park is closed and people are asked to stay away due to safety concerns. No final decisions have been made yet on what will become of the property. Several suggestions have been offered, including the addition of more playground equipment. Any work will be done in the spring.
Find more photos of the demolition on the WKVI Facebook page.