Demolition begins at Kishwaukee Elementary School

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - After 123 years the Kishwaukee Elementary School building is coming down. But many community members say the memories made will never be forgotten.

"At recess time when they use to make the big snow plow back in the back, we use to play King of the Mountains back there and have big snowball fights," Rucker said.

Rucker attended Kishwaukee School in the '80s.

"That class right there, I guess it was an office now that they just tore down, but that used to be by Pre-Kindergarten class,” Rucker said.

Rucker says he's not surprised the school is being demolished, given the condition it's in.

"The kids now a day need air conditioning and things like that and the school didn't have it," Rucker said.

Others believe it's a waste to remove the school completely.

"Even if you don't use it as a school you can always use it as something else, either homes for the homeless or you can do tutoring there for different grades," said Rockford Homeowner, Janie Hilton.

Rockford Public Schools 205 say space will turn into a playground and parking lot for Constance Lane Elementary School, where kids from Kishwaukee, Nelson and a portion of Beyer will attend starting this fall.

"Growing up in this area a lot has changed. A lot of houses are going now and I guess it's a new beginning," Rucker said.

Rockford Public Schools said bricks from Kishwaukee Elementary are available to the public and can be found in a pile at the intersection of Union and Third Streets.