West School Board suspends demolition of 91-year-old building

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 1:09pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 7:28pm

In a Tuesday night meeting, the West ISD School Board of Trustees has concluded to halt the demolition of the 91-year-old West Middle School building.

After hearing a public cry of opposition towards the demolition, the board has decided to move forward with "weatherizing" the building while waiting to see what funding options are available.

By keeping the building standing, West ISD will loose about $3 million dollars that would have been provided from FEMA.

"The decision was economically sound to demolish it but last nights decision was from the heart. We can make this work and certainty we don't want this to divide our community but we want to make sure we can build school buildings that are adequate for West school children for years to come."Said Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford.

"We are on our way to a new day here in West .Hopefully we can get past all of this and start the build of our schools" Crowford said.

Town members hope to eventually see the 91-year-old building as a historical site. Crawford said that decision will be depend on finances and will be discussed at a later date.

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