Dublin ISD's "old intermediate" school has been demolished after an eight-month battle to save the 75-year-old building.
Midwestern Wrecking Company began the demolition Monday morning and by the evening only rubble remained.
The building was originally scheduled for demolition in early June, but was stalled after the Texas Historical Commission, Dublin City Council and a small group of citizens urged the district to reconsider the demolition. The project was stalled again in July after the Texas Department of State Health Services conducted a surprise inspection of the building and found asbestos present.
The asbestos was removed last week and demolition crews began preparing for the demolition Saturday.
The original cost of the demolition was $52,000 - about $200,000 less than bids received three years prior. Additional inspections, asbestos removal and other items added $40,000 to the project, bringing the total to an estimated $91,000.
If the school board chooses to call a bond election in August, and it passes in November, a junior high building will be constructed on the site, according to Superintendent Shaun Barnett.
To see video of the demolition and citizens' reaction, visit www.yourhometownvoice.com.