Demolition at Walker Elementary School will begin Tuesday, July 10. In the fall, the Rockford School Board approved a June 29 deadline for demolition. However demolition was interrupted because of a delay in moving computer fiber optic lines. The school, 1520 Post Ave., has been vacant since the school closed after the 2015-16 school year. The School Board approved plans in October – based on community feedback – to tear down Walker and transfer the vacant land to the Rockford Park District.
Bricks from the school will be available for community members who want to save a piece of the building. Details will be announced as soon as they're available.
Background: The School Board awarded the bid to Martin & Co. in February to demolish Walker for $259,500. The project was awarded to the lowest-responsible bidder, and the cost was included in the board-approved facilities plan. Closing Walker is part of the district's 10-year facilities plan , which includes building two elementary schools – Cherry Valley Elementary School and Constance Lane Elementary School – upgrading existing buildings and shrinking the district's footprint.
Save the Date – Friday, Aug. 17: A ribbon cutting at the new Cherry Valley Elementary School is set for 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, followed by a community open house from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Then Cherry Valley Elementary School families are invited to an open house and PTO back-to-school picnic from 5-7:30 p.m. Principal Carolyn Timm will present information to families at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the school commons area.