Old Eudora Middle School

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A piece of history met it’s demise in Eudora today. The Old Eudora Middle School located at 10th & Main Streets was no match for a bulldozer as it systematically knocked it’s way through walls and made way for future growth.

Onlookers both in cars and on foot throughout the day, made their way past the facility that produced hundreds, if not thousands f graduates over the years.  Some sat and watched. Some paused and remembered times gone by and gazed at the eminent demise of this historic structure.  Originally constructed in the 1940’s and added on to many times over the years, it served many of Eudora’s youth throughout it’s history.

Once demolition is complete and the material is hauled away, the land that the building occupied will be split among the city, the School District and the Township Library.

The City is working towards using their portion for a new public Safety building housing Police, Fire and EMS services. The Township is in exploratory stages of a new library building and the School District, while not having definite plans as to it’s use, looks to expand to the parcel in the future.

We have added several pictures taken both this morning and later in the afternoon of demolition in our photo gallery.  You can access the gallery by clicking HERE.

 (Editors Note:  There has been contention among some as to the exact uses of the building. We have had several readers via email refer to it as the Old High School and as the Old Middle School.  We apologize for an error in the exact use of the building.)

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(l to r) City Administrator John Harrenstein, Township Library Treasurer Tom Jerome and School Superintendent Don Grosdidier

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Officials from the City of Eudora, The Eudora Township Library Board and The Eudora School District gathered together on Wednesday, to sign an agreement that will allow the City to begin demolition of the the Old Eudora Middle School located at 10th and Main Street.

This site will become the location of a new Public Safety Building that will house Police, Fire and EMS services for the City of Eudora,  as well as a proposed new library for Eudora Township and leave additional space for possible future expansion by the Eudora School District.

The Historical Society, which has a museum located in the north end of the old Middle School building, will be moving to the Old Nottingham School, located at 15th and Elm Street.

Tom Jerome, Treasurer of the Eudora Township Library Board is looking forward to the possibility of a new library.  “We want to have something that will last 10 to 20 years and will be able to grow in the future.” Jerome said.

The funds for the demolition will come from a combination the three entities. All three of the groups have the funds already set aside for this demolition project.

As to a new library, Jerome added that the Township Board will be presented a proposal and that a bond issue would likely need to be passed to fund a new building.

According to Eudora City Administrator John Harrenstein, the contract for demolition will be presented to the City Council for approval at one of the two May City Council meetings.  Upon approval, demolition crews will begin with asbestos removal of the property.

“This project has specifically been designed to not interfere with the CPA picnic later this summer” Harrenstein said. The CPA picnic uses the parking lot to house various carnival rides, games and vendor booths during the annual event.

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The City of Eudora is working towards building a new Public Safety Building. This new building would house Fire, Police and EMS services for the City.  The City of Eudora approached the Eudora School District about purchasing the Kerr Field property as a site for this new Public Safety building.

This option was discussed at the School Board meeting on Thursday night. At the urging of Board President Kenny Massey, the idea of selling Kerr Field was rejected at this time. Massey stated during the meeting that the Kerr Field property is too valuable to let go during a down economy.

“I don’t know that now is the time to be selling that property.”  “The lot value may go back up and if it does, it’s going to be worth a lot more than what it is appraised at now.” Massey said. “That’s something we hold onto until we see what’s going to happen down the road.”

School Board member Belinda Rehmer also discussed the current use of this land. “That property is worth more to a good number of citizens…as green space.  Every single day I see people using that field.”

The School Board did bring up the idea of possibly selling the property located at 10th & Main to the City. This is the location of the old Eudora Middle School.  The building is falling into disrepair and is in need of demolition.  During the discussion, it was brought up that cost of demolition was estimated two years ago to be approximately $190,000. If the city would pursue interest in the 10th & Main property, who would be responsible for demolition would need to be negotiated.

It remains to be seen what the city will do next. Options could include looking at the old Eudora Middle school property or continue searching for another location. We will keep you up to date and informed about any future decisions.

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