Demolition of former Rockport Elementary School under way

By Bane Okholm | Feb 19, 2013
Photo by: Bane Okholm A bucket loader moves detritus belonging to the former Rockport Elementary School Feb. 19.

Rockport — Demolition of the former Rockport Elementary School began the week of Feb. 18 following several years of debate and attempts to secure reuse for the existing buildings.

The town of Rockport acquired the 7.6-acre property in 2009, including the 40,000-square-foot building, which was constructed in several stages beginning in 1954. The site consisted of 12 classrooms, two adult bathrooms, two children's bathrooms, a mail room, a janitor's closet and a boiler room that was accessible from outside, according to previously published articles.

Demolition had been scheduled to begin in April and finish by June 2013, according to previously published reports.

Rockport Public Works Director Steve Beveridge said Feb. 19 the town hopes to have demolition completed before the arrival of any precipitation, as rain or snowfall will add weight to the existing detritus and incur increased disposal costs.

Beveridge added the town hopes to find a use for the property located at the intersection of Route 1 and West Street in the near future.

A heap of debris stands beside the former Rockport Elementary School Feb. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Scraps of insulation and wood fly from a bucket loader at the former Rockport Elementary School Feb. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Wires hang from a wall at the former Rockport Elementary School Feb. 18. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A bucket loader crawls over a pile of debris at the former Rockport Elementary School Feb. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Comments (5)
Posted by: Wayne Keiderling | Feb 20, 2013 14:38

Good job fellas!!! Now come on down to Warren and demolish our old school and save us from the Feds.

Posted by: Steven D Bryant | Feb 20, 2013 08:42

My favorite school. And favorite teacher Mrs Green. Had most of those printed above. But on the upside...I'm confident great things will take place on this sight.


Posted by: SONJA Sleeper | Feb 20, 2013 05:12


we used the gym.  I graduated in 1956.  It was very strange to see it torn down.  I guess I'm getting old.

Posted by: William Spear | Feb 20, 2013 01:08

Sad indeed Bea. Pretty sure you didn't go there but I know Boze did. He would have bee two years behind me. And I'm pretty sure I was the first class to go to all 7 years there. I started kindergarten in the old high school. 1956. Finished in the new grade school. Being 5 years old, I had no idea it was a new building. Or much care. I loved going there even then. What a great school it was. And the great teachers. I rememebr all of them. All of them long gone I'm sure. Miss Farmer, miss Andrews, miss Blodget, miss Acorn, miss Norwood, Mrs. Peabody, and miss Graffam. Am I right Boz ? You would have had a different 6th grade teacher as miss Graffam went to the high school to teacher 7th grade when I went there. But fond memories of them and the school. Went to many high school basketball games there. With the big beaver painted on the floor. They were the Beavers after all. What a shame it comes down. So sad.

Posted by: Bea Elaine Grant | Feb 19, 2013 17:50



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