KOSHKONONG -- It was a building with almost 80 years of memories inside. And, last week, it all came down as the old Koshkonong Elementary School was demolished.
Six years ago when the new Elementary School building was constructed bond money for the new structure did not cover the cost of demolition. Since that time, the school district has used the building for storage. Because of the building's age, it became unsafe to use and officials determined it had to come down.
The school district received a state Community Development Block Grant and that, combined with $1,200 from the district, was used for the demolition and cleanup. Leatherwood Construction of West Plains conducted the project.
Many residents from Koshkonong and others from around the county with Koshkonong roots, have expressed an interest in wanting a keepsake of the old school. Some have purchased doors, chalkboards and old books but another keepsake -- rocks -- is available at no charge to those wanting to keep a piece of history.
The elementary school was built with rock from Koshkonong resident Ray Dern's grandfathers farm. Individuals wanting the keepsake will have until July 13 at 2 p.m. to get one.
Once the building is gone the new space will be used for parking and future expansion at the school.
The buildings history was recorded last year and archived at the Missouri Secretary of State's office in Jefferson City.
A monument may be placed later to mark where the school stood from 1928 to 2007.