- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - School officials have sold off the furniture, equipment and other fixtures in the old Jefferson Elementary school in Muscatine. Now comes the demolition.

The inventory sale was held Thursday and Friday, bringing many nostalgic former students to the school to buy pieces of their past. On the auction block were items from desks and lockers to doors and kitchen equipment, the Muscatine Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1kBhMrz ).

Cory Garvin and his wife bought three wooden book cabinets, as well as 20 lockers.

“I went to school here, so I can remember using them,” Garvin said. “It came out of a classroom I used when I was a kid. They had the building open a few weeks ago, so I knew where they were and was able to go right to the room and get them.”

A new 66,000-square-foot Jefferson Elementary opened to students at the beginning of the school year in September, only feet from the old building.

The Muscatine Community School District has hired a firm to deconstruct and demolish the building.

Most of the materials from the old school will be repurposed or reused - from the wood trim to the brick to the floor, according to Jefferson Elementary Principal Corey Spies. The area will be repurposed as well, with green space, and playground and physical education areas for children.

“We’d like to see it start getting torn down in late December/early January,” school district maintenance and facility supervisor Jeff Miller said. “It’s probably going to be, start to finish, somewhere around a three-month project.”

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Information from: Muscatine Journal, http://www.muscatinejournal.com

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