Old elementary school will be torn down

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

After more than seven decades, the old Prestonsburg Elementary School building is being torn down.

The school closed four years ago after the new elementary school was built.

Now the school board has decided to tear it down and sell the property.

"It's a sad time for a lot of people. A lot of people went to school there," Mayor Jerry Fannin said.

He said the city tried at one time to buy the building from the school board and renovate it, but they were unable to make a deal.

Crews started clearing out the building’s interior on Tuesday.

Once the interior is empty, they will start tearing down the rest.

Former students say they have a lot of memories at the school, and they will be sad to see it go.

“I went there from kindergarten on up. I have a few memories, and some of the friends I made there I'm still friends with today,” Adam Dixon said.

Officials are not sure what will go in place of the school, but say they hope it will be developed and bring jobs to the city.

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