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Demolition begins on Red Bank Middle School

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Demolition began Wednesday on the old Red Bank Middle School.

The building has been around since the 1930's, and holds a lot of sentimental value, but with a newly constructed school it is no longer needed.

Channel 3 took a look at what could be in store for the property, that the city will soon inherit.

"Well, it's been a long time coming," said Ron Smith, Director of Maintenance.

Twisted metal, crumbled brick and broken piping. Soon, the old red bank middle school will be a pile of memories.

"It'll be happening pretty quick," said Smith.

Ron Smith oversees maintenance for all Hamilton County Schools. This one, built in 1938, has kept his staff busy.

"Just a very old school in need of a lot of repairs. It's good to see it come down," said Smith.

But it's a bitter sweet day for former coaches, students, and even nearby residents who say this school has been a part of their lives.

Wednesday several showed up to take a piece of that history home with them.

"As he peeled away the brick from the cinder blocks, I watched the cinder blocks walls sway but stay firm and realized this strong building built a lot of strong students," said Sharmon Hardin, Red Bank Alumni.

Sharmon Hardin says Red Bank lion pride was instilled in her while in school here.

She hopes the city of Red Bank will replace it with something meaningful.

"It gets torn down and it gets cleaned up, seeded and strawed back, and looks real nice, then handed over to the city," said Smith.

Mayor John Roberts tells Channel 3 public town hall meetings will be held to decided how to best use the property.

Hardin is hoping for a park. She plans to visit often.

"It means a lot to me. It means a lot to a lot of students," said Hardin.

The city of Red Bank will conduct an environmental study once demolition is complete, before receiving the deed to the land.
     
That will likely happen in December or January. In the meantime, Mayor Roberts says discussion on how to use the property will likely begin next month, with town hall meetings to follow.

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