Demolition begins on old Atwood-Hammond High School
ATWOOD — In a few days, Atwood-Hammond High School will be little more than a memory.
Demolition of the building began Monday and may be done by the end of the week. The district was annexed into the adjacent Arthur district on July 1.
Classes begin Aug. 29 at the new Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School. K-8 students from Atwood and Hammond will still go to the elementary school in Atwood.
The A-H school board offered to sell the site — with or without a building — for a minimum of $130,000 earlier this year but got no offers. Instead, it was auctioned off for $37,500 to Richard Price of Hammond, who will take ownership once the site is clear.
Arthur Superintendent Kenny Schwengel, who headed Atwood-Hammond until the annexation, said the only glitch this week has been keeping curious onlookers away from the demolition area.
"We're trying to encourage people to stay off the site. We've had the police there because it's extremely dangerous," he said.
He said the district has saved a pile of bricks as souvenirs.