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Pine comes down

Demolition of the school building at 401 Pine Ave., began this week. Erected in 1912 as Iron City School in “Belleville, the original site of Bellefontaine,” it was absorbed into Bellefontaine City Schools in 1958 and renamed Pine Avenue.

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ABOVE: This undated photo depicts the early days of Iron City/Pine Avenue School, built in 1912. (PHOTO | OLDOHIOSCHOOLS.COM) FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Crews from R.D. Jones Excavating Inc. work Friday to demolish the structure that housed the former Pine Avenue School, 401 Pine Ave. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

R.D. Jones Excavating Inc. is completing the demolition work at a cost of $100,000, which is being paid through the school district’s Ohio School Facilities Commission funds.

Bellefontaine City Schools ceased Pine Avenue’s use as an elementary school prior to the 2008-09 school year. It was leased to Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center which will begin classes in the fall at Western Intermediate School, 1130 W. Sandusky Ave., which has been purchased by Madison-Champaign County Educational Service Center.

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