rock island demolition

Rock Island (Ill.) board votes to demolish 69-year-old building that had served as a junior high and an elementary school

Feb. 2, 2023
The building opened in 1954 as Central Junior High; it was last used as a school in 2010.

The Rock Island-Milan (Ill.) School Board has voted to demolish the former Central Junior High facility, which also served as Lincoln Elementary and the Intermediate Academy.

The Quad City Times reports that the district will use proceeds from a 2022 bond issue to cover the $497,889 cost of the demolition.

The building opened in 1954 as Central Junior High. When that school closed in the 1980s, the campus was repurposed to serve pre-K through sixth grades as Lincoln Elementary School.

In the early 2000s, it was converted to a (third-to-sixth) grade school called the Intermediate Academy.

The property formally closed as a school in 2010; the district used the building as a food-production kitchen until 2021.

A spokesman for the district says it has no specific plans for the property.

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