TSAS demolition begins Thursday

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Updated: 10/11/2012 9:25 am Published: 10/08/2012 10:40 am

Tulsans will have to say their final good-byes today to the old Barnard Elementary School Building located at 17th and Lewis Ave.

It was destroyed by a fire September 5th and was most recently home to the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences.

The property is considered very dangerous because of contaminants like asbestos. Work to demolish and clean-up the building starts October 11th and could take up to 45 days to complete.

TSAS Director,Eric Doss, said losing this building is not only sad to him and everyone involved with TSAS, but it's a huge loss to this entire community. The school opened in the 1920s.

After the fire, TSAS moved a few miles away into the old Sequoyah Elementary School building on Archer St. for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year.

Many students and teachers were outside watching the school burn last month. Doss said the hopes and dreams of a lot of people went up in flames that morning.

The school is rebuilding with a lot of help from people all over Tulsa. So far, 55 thousand dollars has been donated. The Tulsa Community Foundation promised to double that, bringing the grand total to 110 thousand dollars.

It'll cost the school around 187 thousand to get the school back at the same operating level as before the fire. As the building is demolished, Tulsa Public Schools is hoping to save a few pieces of memorabilia from the old Barnard Elementary Building.

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Mayor Maynot - 10/11/2012 8:44 AM
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Hold your breath. Asbestos in the air from the demolition of this building.
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