CHIPLEY - The first stages of demolition have already begun for the old Kate M. Smith Elementary School site on Sinclair Street in Chipley with the dismantling of the playground's multiuse building planned for this week, dependent on the weather.
Washington County School Superintendent Joe Taylor states an asbestos study and abatement must be completed before demolition of the other buildings can begin, but he anticipates demolition will be complete by the end of September.
Washington County School Board members are still in the process of finalizing plans for the old campus, with the tentative idea to keep only the cafeteria and third grade building.
The cafeteria will be tentatively be used as a conference facility, and the third grade wing will serve as the new Washington County School District Office. Should that happen, the existing office, currently located on Second Street, will house the district’s technology hub, which will be moved from the old Chipley High School campus.
About 14 acres of surplus property from the old campus will also ultimately be listed for sale.
Relocation of the Chipley’s elementary school meant the three-way stop at the intersection of Sinclair Street and West Boulevard was no longer needed for student safety, and the City of Chipley has already removed the stop sign from the intersection.