Minden Press-Herald

Tuesday
Sep 30th

Springhill High School demolished

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Memories came crashing down as the old Springhill High School turned to rubble from demolition that started in November.

According to North Webster High School Principal Jeff Franklin, the school was built in the 1940's and had asbestos. The asbestos was used in insulation, pipe wrapping and a mastic under the floor tiles.

Plans for use of the Webster Parish School Board owned property have not been decided at this time.

"There are several avenues that we are exploring, but nothing is definite at this time," Franklin said. "We have looked at the possibly of additional parking or expanding our baseball or softball over there."

According to Franklin, several different groups explored options to see if they could use the building.

"The biggest thing is that I don't think that anyone could find the money to turn it into something useable," he said. "We even looked into salvaging the old auditorium, but by the time we did the renovations and brought it up to fire code, it would not seat what we have in our student body."

Franklin went on to say that in 2008 a new school building was built, while the old Springhill High School building sat vacant and was being vandalized. The new building has been able to accommodate more students.

"I wasn't here then but I am certainly glad they did (build it)," Franklin said.

As of 2011, North Webster High School is on the former Springhill Jr/Sr High Campus and was ­­formed by the consolidation of four schools: Cotton Valley High School, Sarepta High School, Shongaloo High School and Springhill High School.

 

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