PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) - Folks gathered in Piqua Sunday, to say goodbye to a school slated for demolition. Many said it's paving the way for something better.
Paul Holfinger was one of the first students who attended Washington Intermediate School, when it opened in September of 1935.
"As a result of that, I no longer went to a one room, eight grade school," said Holfinger.
Washington Intermediate is slated for demolition this summer. A new school for pre-kindergarten through third grade students will eventually take its place on the property.
"Piqua qualified for the state assistance and so we're actually going to be building three new buildings to take the place of several of the older buildings," said former principal Tom Ringer.
Sunday, the school was opened to the community, for a chance to say goodbye. But those who walked through the school, possibly for the last time said it has to go, to create better opportunities for future students.
"We have a community that values good education. All of us that have been in the system have worked really hard to get the rating that we now have of excellence in Piqua, and we're very proud of it," said retired teacher Patricia Deaton.
"I don't like to see the school torn down, but in this case, seven acres isn't big enough to build a new building and keep it in existence," said Holfinger.
The new school will take around two years to complete.
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