LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Demolition is underway at La Crosse's Franklin Elementary.
It is a moment that has been more than 10 years in the making for the La Crosse School District. The current school has been part of the community since 1955.
The new northside elementary school will combine the pre-k through 1st graders currently attending classes at Roosevelt, with the second through 5th graders enrolled at Franklin.
Superintendent Randy Nelson says he believes the new school will improve the school environment for teachers and students.
"Well I think what students are going to get is, I think a nicer learning environment, one that's going to be more welcoming and certainly just going to work better for the instructional side of what we do," Nelson said.
The demolition will take about three weeks. The district's building and ground supervisor, Joe Ledvina, says they are trying to utilize parts of the old building.
"We're actually gonna save a portion of a wall," Ledvina said. "So we're going to bring it over to the side and what we're going to do is the PTA is going to sell some bricks as a fundraiser for the new school. So we're gonna be working on that avenue. We've really been trying to reuse everything we possibly can."
Construction on a new north side elementary school will start soon. It's expected to be finished in the fall of 2014.
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