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Crestwood school is coming down

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By John Foster

By the end of March, the place where a school has stood in Crestwood for 50 years will be little more than a muddy field. Demolition crews are currently removing asbestos from a portion of the building, and ripping the rest to pieces. The gymnasium is the oldest portion of the building, built in 1949. The first classroom wing of the building was build in 1953, with additions in 1957, 1968 and 1978, creating a piecemeal, labyrinthine structure. The replacement building opened for class Jan. 20.

While current students and teachers enjoy the new building, for other members of the community, it’s sad to see it go. Becky Maple started at Crestwood Elementary when it was just about a year old. She has fond memories of roller skating in the gym and practicing as a cheerleader in that gym. Every summer, the school hosted the Orchard Grass Festival, where farmers brought bushels of grass to be judged while Maples sat in rapt attention of the beauty contest. “I had some wonderful times there at that school,” she said. “It’s just progress I guess.”