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Demolition begins at an Alexandria, Va. elementary school

May 6, 2021
A replacement facility is scheduled to open on the same site in 2023.

Demolition has begun at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. in preparation for a new building to open on the same site in 2023.

The Connection News reports the tear-down is expected to take several weeks.

The district will replace the facility with a new 150,000-square-foot MacArthur Elementary. The campus will be updated with turf fields and outside play areas.

It also will have improved art and music classrooms along with updated physical education classrooms. 

“It is a long-awaited journey to open this new school,” says MacArthur principal Penny Hairston. “There is so much rich legacy here, and we are excited to bring that legacy to the new building.”

While students await their new school, they will attend classes in the building that formerly housed Patrick Henry Elementary School.

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