West Clermont begins demolition as new buildings near completion

June 27th, 2010    Author: Brett A. Roller    Filed Under: News

Two of the oldest school buildings still in use in Clermont County will come down this summer.

The West Clermont School District is nearing completion on two new elementary schools that were paid for through a bond issue passed in 2007 and as a result of the new construction the former Withamsville Tobasco Elementary School and the former Amelia High School will be torn down this summer.

Demolition of the 1965 addition to the Withamsville building began Wednesday, June 16.

Turner construction worker Brad Cocoran knocks down walls and separates the debris into piles at the Withamsville Tobasco Elementary School. The building was replaced with a state of the art facility that will open this September.
Retired kindergarten teachers Debbie Ferenc and Kathy Brown stopped by to watch the work.

"Their equipment is sitting right in the middle of our two rooms," Ferenc said. "It's a weird feeling watching this. There were a lot of good years. A lot of good kids and kids of kids."

West Clermont Director of Operations Ed Dyer said the projects are ahead of schedule and on budget. The two new elementary buildings were scheduled to open in December.

The original 1936 Withamsville building will begin to be torn down as early as this weekend. Demolition on the Amelia school, built in 1931, will begin in two weeks.

Dyer said the demolition of the Withamsville building will make way for a parking lot. The demolition of the Amelia building will make way for a driveway and green space.
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