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Sanders Elementary is coming down



The Pasco County school district got the official OK to raze Sanders Elementary School more than two years ago. State officials agreed that most of the the aging campus had outlived its useful life, with maintenance costing more than replacement.

Kids left the buildings this past summer, heading to brand new Connerton Elementary for the new academic year. Many teachers joined them, while others went to different schools.

And now, finally, Sanders' walls have come tumbling down.

Demolition crews brought out the heavy machinery this morning and began tearing apart the buildings, which ranged in age from the original 1940's classrooms to 1980s-era additions. Only four buildings and the school's covered play area will remain when the work is done, district construction manager John Petrashek told the Gradebook.

For now, the district has no plans to rebuild Sanders. That date will depend largely on population growth, which for now has slowed to a trickle. Once expected to rise in a couple of years, the outlook now is much further out on the horizon. In the meantime, don't look for much action on the campus.

Despite crowding at the district offices, no requests have been approved to use the remaining Sanders structures for administrative space, Petrashek said. The school will be used to store supplies and materials that eventually will become part of the new Sanders.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 3:20pm]


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