Construction crews continued demolishing the old Thompson School in Arlington this morning. Photo by Brock Parker.
As construction crews demolished the Thompson School in Arlington Wednesday, a crate of bricks was set on the sidewalk for alumni or anyone wishing to have a keepsake from the 55-year-old building.
Work to demolish the school began Monday, and by Wednesday morning most of the kindergarten through 5th grade school had been torn down.
Arlington will build a new Thompson School in its place in the spring, and the state will pay for almost half of the $20 million project. The school district decided to build a new school because more space is needed to keep up with the town’s growing student population and better space is needed for state-mandated pre-kindergarten programming for special needs students.
Bricks from the demolished school were being made available form 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, and will be set out on the corner of North Union and Purcell streets again on Dec. 27, Wednesday, 28 and on some dates in January that have yet to be determined.
According to a press release from Arlington Schools, the public is being reminded that while the bricks on the street corner are free for the taking, access on the school site is not permitted during the construction project.