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Community says farewell to historic school building

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Posted at 7:46 PM, Apr 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-16 21:46:45-04

WEBER COUNTY, Utah -- The oldest school building in Weber County is about to be demolished to make room for a new school.

But before they tear it down, several people in the community wanted to share their memories and say goodbye.

“It is bittersweet, a lot of the community members have memories of the building being here,” Principal Michael Geilmann said.

West Weber Elementary School was built in 1928. Back then, it was just a simple school house, but over the years the district added on.

Despite that, the building has always maintained the look of the original school, which is why the principal said it's important that part of the old building design can be seen in the new one.

“That brick work is going to be copied and brought into our new design,” Geilmann said.

Over the last 86 years, multiple generations started their education at West Weber Elementary School.

“I went to school here, so did my dad, and his dad, and my mom, and my mom's mom. That would have been back in 19-gosh, It's been a lot of years,” said Secretary Aide Karen Harsha.

Teachers gathered old class photos and other memorabilia to display at an open house Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m.

The new 80,000 square foot buildings will have more common areas, computer labs, and a luxury the students and staff never thought they'd have: air conditioning.

The new school is expected to open for the 2015 school year, in the meantime the students will attend the old Wahlquist Jr. High School in Farr West.