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West ISD halts demolition of old high school building

WEST, TX (KXXV) -

In a contentious public meeting Tuesday night, West ISD Trustees voted to halt demolition at its 91-year old high school building and spend $50,000 to "weatherize" it to keep it from collapsing.

An earlier decision to tear down that historic building sparked controversy and angered residents who attended the school that was built in 1923.

Some of them went so far as to threaten a lawsuit if it was not repaired and turned into a historic landmark. Board members reiterated the initial decision to tear it down was because of finances.

Superintendent Marty Crawford said square footage at new high school and middle school campuses would be scaled back and some build out, like flooring, would be changed because the district will lose $3 million in FEMA money from not demolishing the structure.  Those new campuses are replacing schools destroyed in the fertilizer plant explosion last year.        

According to Crawford, the district will decide after those new campuses open whether to renovate the nearly 100 year old building and what it will be used for in the future.

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