An Idaho demolition team is making significant progress in knocking down the old Central Elementary School at 402 K Ave. in La Grande.

Demolition of the old Central’s north classroom wing by Abatement Pro of Meridian, Idaho, started Thursday afternoon, and by Saturday the entire wing was knocked down.

The debris from the north wing at the site will be hauled away this week, said Joseph Waite, the La Grande School District’s bond and facilities manager.

Waite will discuss the demolition work at a meeting of the La Grande School Board on Wednesday. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Willow School building, 1305 N.
Willow St.

Demolition of the south classroom wing will begin later this week after the asbestos is removed by an Abatement Pro team. This south classroom wing is the same size as the north wing.

Once the south wing is knocked down, asbestos removal in the gym and office area will begin, after which they will be removed.

“We are two to three weeks away from finishing the project,” Waite said.

Once all the debris is removed, the site will be transformed into a parking area for La Grande High School students. The work will be done by the Mike Becker General Contractor construction company of La Grande.

Weather permitting, grading work will begin immediately. Gravel will then be added, creating a parking area students will be able to use.

“We hope to have it done before Thanksgiving,” Waite said.

In the spring, most of the parking lot will be paved with asphalt.

The new parking site will provide at least 120 spaces for students, 60 in a paved area and at least 60 on a gravel site on the footprint of old Central.

See complete story in Monday's Observer