Demolition begins on Rockton Grade School

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ROCKTON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Feb. 11, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Demolition is underway at the Rockton Grade School building.

The Hononegah Board of Education says contractors began mobilizing large equipment on Monday. The entire demolition process could take around three weeks.

School leaders say they were not able to fix the building due to lead paint and mold. The historic stone façade will be taken down from the east side of the building and kept for future use.

The public can pick up bricks from the older part of the building after demolition is complete.

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Updated: Feb. 8, 2019, 11:26 a.m.

An iconic property dating back to the 1930's is set to come down in days.

The Hononegah Board of Education says contractors will start mobilizing large equipment Monday; the entire demolition process should take about three weeks.

No more materials can be salvaged due to unsafe conditions from lead paint and mold.

The historic stone façade will be taken down from the east side of the building and kept for future use.

The public can pick up bricks from the older part of the building after demolition is complete.

Property currently used by staff and students will continue being used.

The rest will be graded and seeded.

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A former grade school that dates back to the 1930's will soon be coming down.

The Hononegah Community High School District's Board of Education plans to demolish the Rockton Grade School building, located at 418 E. Chapel St.

The board purchased the school last year, but the school has not been open to students since the early 2000's. After an inspection of the property back in September, the property underwent an asbestos abatement.

School officials say the property was considered for use as storage for maintenance equipment, vehicles, and parking.