Parts of the old middle school could be saved
Information from Lincoln County School District
Lincoln County School District has accepted a proposal from a Florence excavation company to demolish the vacant Waldport middle school building – with two options that depend on the outcome of negotiations with a local not-for-profit agency.
“An empty school building is expensive to maintain, can be an eyesore, and doesn’t contribute toward the education of our children. On the other hand, parts of the building could continue to be of use in the community,” said Rich Belloni, LCSD director of support services. “That is the dilemma as we try to find a good, middle ground solution that benefits the community as well as the school district.”
The first of the two demolition options is for Ray Wells, Inc., of Florence, to perform asbestos abatement, demolition of all structures on the site, and debris removal for $208,995. The second option is for Ray Wells, Inc., to perform asbestos abatement, demolition of all structures – except for the cafeteria, kitchen and gymnasium – and debris removal for $192,855.
The school district is continuing negotiations with Seashore Family Literacy, a community-based, nonprofit organization that offers education, food, clothing, and recreation programs to south Lincoln County children and families. The organization is asking for continued use of the cafeteria, kitchen and gymnasium.
Meanwhile, asbestos abatement is scheduled to begin Monday, March 31. An asbestos survey conducted by an independent company last year indicates that asbestos is located throughout the building, but not in the kitchen, cafeteria and gym. All groups currently using the facility have been notified about the need to vacate the building by March 30.
The 47,021 square foot Waldport Middle School was built in 1950 and has served at various times as a high school, junior high, middle school, and elementary school.