Former Hazard Elementary School to Come Down

BITTERSWEET GOODBYE: The doors at Dennis Wooton Elementary in Hazard closed for good Tuesday.
By Mitchell Grogg | 

Hazard, Ky. (WYMT)-- A former school building in Hazard is set to be torn down.

Dennis Wooton Elementary School was closed at the end of last academic year. Perry County School District Finance Chair Jody Maggard says it has become a target for damage.

"We suspect that we've had a couple of different situations, events where somebody may have broken in, entered the school," he said. "We have had some damage to some equipment that was being stored there."

Removing that target also helps prevent the building from becoming an eyesore.

The board has not yet decided what to do with the site. Even with the board's approval, the plan to tear the building down still needs approval from the state.