Saying they were not aware of the number and breadth of social services being run out of the old Waldport Middle School, the Lincoln County School District, which will someday likely demolish the place, is leaving it open for a while longer – perhaps a few more months.
School District Facilities Manager Rich Belloni said that after meeting with a number of local support groups dealing with food distribution, after school education, tutoring and literacy among others, the district will leave portions of the old middle school open, but with limited utilities. Areas like the cafeteria and gymnasium will remain open for use. Seashore Family Literacy, which runs a number of programs in the building reported during the meeting that they will keep their food programs going and a few others adding that they are planning to move into another facility. They say they are exploring their options with an eye to finding a permanent home for their programs.
Belloni says what makes the old middle school a lost cause is that the building’s main boiler for hot water, heat and other creature comforts has seen it’s last days and would have to be replaced at a cost the district cannot afford. Belloni says he expects the building will likely be demolished in the near future.