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Coeur d'Alene School District considering demolishing 90-year-old school

The Coeur d'Alene School District's oldest school might become a demolition site. Winton Elementary School was built in 1925 and although some upgrades have been made, the district wonders if it's time to knock it down and start from scratch.

While a school house from 1925 has a particular charm, radiator heating, skeleton key doors and electrical panels like a New York subway system get in the way of seeing the beauty of a 90-year-old school.

"In 1925, if you had a light bulb you were in pretty good shape, now with all of the technology, of course, a huge issue is electricity," Bryan Martin said.

Martin is the Coeur d'Alene School District's Director of Facilities. He says a major issue Winton has is that it's not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The school has two sets of stairs and in one instance, a grandmother visiting the school had to be taken on a journey around the school just to get into the school's gym, which is located down a flight of stairs.

"We have an old, antiquated system that was put in in 1975 with the addition, but... we can't get parts for it," Wilson said of their fire suppression system.

However, the district now has $32.7 Million from a bond passed last summer. With some of that money, the district wants to either tear down and rebuild Winton, or remodel the 90-year-old school.

"Some people are saying that their biggest concern is that they want to have the feel for Winton School, when you look at the front of the building that old school house look that's very important for them," Martin said.

The district just wants to provide a suitable learning environment for students. They'd like to do away with the portables, single-pane windows, daunting stairs and secure the school better than just surrounding it with a chain-link fence.

The district is inviting Coeur d'Alene community members to share their thoughts on what do with Winton. The meeting is at Winton Elementary School on Wednesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m.


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