As you likely already know, Thomas Jefferson and Hiawatha are slated for demolition with the passing of the April 5th, 2016 referendum. Thank you for voting and providing your voice on our district’s future along with thousands of other citizens.
An open house was held on June 24 and more than 100 people attended to walk the halls and share their stories. All of the equipment and items at TJ that were not reused in our schools were auctioned off. The district received approximately $3,000 in funds from the auction.
One of the exterior wooden signs from Thomas Jefferson will be auctioned off at the scholarship auction in November. The mosaics from inside Thomas Jefferson have been removed and will be put up for an online auction with the proceeds going to the Scholarship Foundation. Don’t worry! We’ll let you know when they’re available.
The abatement & demolition of Thomas Jefferson will begin at the end of July. As you have already noticed, fencing has been put up along the border for safety as abatement will begin shortly.
During this time there will also be training for the police and fire department. These training days will not be open to the public.
Crews will be working on site during the weekday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be following all local and state regulations for demolition to ensure safety and air quality. There will be no closing of any streets around the property.
Many people have asked how the buildings will be demolished. After abatement, the buildings will be pushed down with heavy equipment like a bulldozer. There will NOT be any demolition being done by fire or explosives.
Demolition is expected to be completed by mid November. At that point, the land will be open grass space and available for the community, area churches and CE&Rec to utilize. The school district fully intends on keeping the baseball diamonds behind TJ intact and installing a basic parking area once demolition is completed.