Maury County Public Schools nearing demolition day for McDowell Elementary School in Columbia

Lisa R. Parker

Maury County Community Educational institutions management has shared that the demolition of Columbia’s McDowell Elementary University will acquire location in the coming days.

The info was shared by college district Superintendent of Amenities Eric Perryman all through the board’s every month conference this week.

He reported the developing is in the process of staying geared up for demolition, including an asbestos abatement is at this time underway within the developing. It is one particular of the past actions that wants to be taken in advance of the setting up can be properly demolished.

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“We are actively taking that creating down,” Perryman instructed associates of the college board.

With a agreement permitted for the demolition of the creating, Perryman said the building’s deconstruction could start out in as minimal as a 7 days.

“We have disconnected each and every utility from it,” Perryman mentioned. “We are presently in the creating doing the demolition.”

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Local community member requests delay

As the board carries on to go ahead with the system to demolish the making, members of the community carry on to action ahead and request for the board to set a keep on the building’s demolition in an work to preserve the historic composition.

Columbia area Trevor Pennington respectfully requested the board to postpone the coming demolition and permit time for a team of intrigued functions to produce a proposal to buy the aging university setting up positioned on the downtown assets.

He said that he is a section of a group of folks fascinated in pursuing a “planned group focused development” at the faculty.

“I was shocked to hear of the school’s demolition,” Pennington instructed the board.

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School board declines postponement

McDowell Elemtnary School stands empty along West 7th Street in Columbia, Tenn., on April 6, 2022.

McDowell Elemtnary University stands empty along West 7th Street in Columbia, Tenn., on April 6, 2022.

Adhering to Pennington’s ask for, college board chair Michael Fulbright proposed that the board suspend the contract for demolition for two weeks, giving a window of time for an interested celebration to construct a proposal to buy the setting up.

“I desired to make sure we experienced looked at each individual conceivable option,” Fulbright told The Day-to-day Herald next the conference.

Fulbright’s proposal failed in a vote by the board.

“I like previous properties,” explained Chad Howell, who signifies District 9 on the board. “At some stage, you have to notice that some points are just not value salvaging. It won’t be able to residence a faculty. It is just too small. I really do not see us remaining ready to set the brakes on somebody sweeping in and getting the setting up for $2 million.”

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McDowell a piece of Tennessee historical past

Much more than 120-several years aged as an establishment, McDowell served as the centre of numerous significant turning details in neighborhood historical past, particularly in reworking the 2nd 50 % of the 20th century in the U.S.

Located together West 7th Road in the coronary heart of Columbia, Jesse Tomlinson set a milestone by turning into the to start with female principal of a faculty in Columbia with extra than one trainer in the 1920s.

McDowell Elemtnary School stands empty along West 7th Street in Columbia, Tenn., on April 6, 2022.

McDowell Elemtnary School stands vacant together West 7th Street in Columbia, Tenn., on April 6, 2022.

Rose Ogilvie-McClain, now the interim principal at Columbia Central Superior Faculty, led the way fo
r integration at the area general public college program when she grew to become the initially Black university student to go to in 1964.

McDowell once more led the way as it hired its very first Black instructor the adhering to calendar year.

It served as a springboard for larger local community involvement involving the school district and moms and dads when it grew to become the initial campus to organize a mum or dad-instructor affiliation.

Amongst all those who have expended their early yrs at McDowell, incorporate NFL participant Shaq Mason, who grew to become a two-time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots, and Chaz Molder, the youngest mayor in the city’s record, who is at the moment in office environment, attended the faculty followed by his possess small children.

McDowell formally closed at the end of the 2020-21 college calendar year. Its pupils and personnel ended up reassigned to surrounding campuses, which include Highland Park and Riverside elementary schools.

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This report at first appeared on The Day-to-day Herald: MCPS organizing to demolish Columbia’s McDowell Elementary

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