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Old high school demo to begin soon
9/12/2013 1:16:21 PM
Last Updated:
7/29/2015 1:08:40 PM

by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

   The demolition of the old Newkirk High School should begin later this week, county commissioner Vance Johnson said Monday.

 “I expect them to begin Thursday or Friday,” he said. “There is a little more prep work to be done before they get started.”

  County Commissioners approved a $194,780 bid to demolish the old Newkirk High School in early June.

 The winning bid was from Clark Contracting LLC.

 According to the bid, the project must be completed in 120 days.

 The contractor will salvage limestone from the old school facility. 

 Once the building has been removed, sod will be planted on the high school grounds area.

 Five bids were received for the project.

 The county commissioners agreed to purchas the property from Newkirk Public Schools for $105,000.  The purpose was to secure the block and potentially use the facility for storage and county office expansion.

 County commissioners have since determined that a facility could be built cheaper than remodeling the high school facility.

 Recently, county commissioner Vance Johnson met with members of the Newkirk Downtown Design Committee.  The committee voted to allow the demolition of the facility.

 The demolition had to be approved by the committee since Newkirk is a member of the National Historic Downtowns.

 The committee will also have to approve any plans for building on the site.

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