Elida Elementary open house elicits memories

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May 8—ELIDA — Kaitlyn Hartzog, a 2016 graduate of Elida High School, spent her formative years attending Elida Elementary School. Saturday was the last chance for people to tour the building before it's ready for demolition this summer.

"It kind of makes me want to cry because they're demolishing everything," Hartzog said.

Going through the classrooms made her reminisce about childhood memories.

"There's a lot of memories here," Hartzog said.

Her favorite memory?

"Probably music (class) and all the choir concerts and school plays and like, just science fair," Hartzog said.

Superintendent Joel Mengerink says the purpose of the open house was twofold.

"It's a chance for the community to come in and kind of reminisce — those that attended school here and then secondary just a chance for them to check out any items that they might be wanting to purchase as some of that nostalgia, to put in your home or barns or whatever the case may be," Mengerink said.

Treasurer Joel Parker says people can check out their online auction on the Elida schools website.

"They can go to our website and then click on the link to get to the auction site. They can bid from there and keep bidding until — I think it's going to get shut down at 7 p.m. on May 10 and then our pick-up days will be next Thursday, Friday and Saturday," Parker said.

Parker says there's a wide variety of items up for auction.

"From desks to tables to chairs to the foodservice items to the modulars. There's over 1,200 lots," Parker said.

The prep work begins soon to get the building ready for demolition.

"Once we get through that process, then probably asbestos abatement will start May 17. So we've got a real tight timeline to really get everything moved out, get everything sold, and then we're really looking at early June to probably demo this building then," Parker said.

Preparing the new school building is an ongoing process according to Mengerink.

"We're looking to hopefully in mid-July start moving everything into the new building. We do intend to have an open house before the school year starts and then we'll start school the day after Labor Day." Mengerink said.

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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