West Ishpeming School Coming Down

The wind storm has slowed down the demolition process for an old area school.

It was scheduled to start today, and that didn’t happen.

But it should still begin very soon.

Demolition of the former West Ishpeming School could still start as soon as tomorrow.

It was built in 1916, and it’s been closed for nearly 25 years.

A man who lives 3 blocks away and attended the school in the 1970s told us about it.

Don Meyer says he remembers work shifts at the school where the school’s main phone line wasn’t in the principal’s office, and any phone call meant he had to track the principal down.

But the old building has become an eyesore and a safety hazard.

It contains asbestos, lead paint, mercury and other chemicals.

Its roof also caved in some time ago.

Meyer says if he remembers correctly, once the school districts in National Mine, Ishpeming Township, Champion Township and Ely Township consolidated, the West Ishpeming School was the first school NICE closed.

Tomorrow night on abc 10 news now, Mike Hoey will have more on what’ll be done with the site of the former school.