Parent, alumni and school employees watched as a pair of track hoes tore down the first pieces of the old Carver High School Monday morning.
"It's a little bittersweet," said principal Chris Lindsay as he took pictures of the demolition. "But I'm glad it's coming down."
Crews started the demolition by tearing down the breezeway leading to the metal shop and the science lab. The old school is being demolished to make way for a new high school, which will be built on the same property on Eighth Street. The project is expected to cost about $45 million and is being paid for out of funds from the 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
While the new school is under construction, Carver students are taking classes in Baker Middle School. Baker Middle students are taking classes with Marshall Middle students at Marshall Middle.
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Laquetta Wigfall's two sons are attending Carver now, as a sophomore and junior. She said they hope they will get to see the new school.
"It will be a new place to come, nice and clean," Wigfall said. "It will make kids take education serious."
The Carver PTSA will sell bricks from the oldest portion of the building, the old Carver Elementary, once that portion is torn down.
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