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Demolition begins at Wilton elementary school as part of $8.2 million project

WILTON – Demolition has begun at the town’s elementary school as part of an $8.2 million project to combine the elementary schools in Lyndeborough and Wilton.

Demolition of part of Florence Rideout Elementary School began Monday. Hutter Construction crews are contracted to remove the building between the gym and what is known as the 1895 Building, which was once Wilton High School. ...

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WILTON – Demolition has begun at the town’s elementary school as part of an $8.2 million project to combine the elementary schools in Lyndeborough and Wilton.

Demolition of part of Florence Rideout Elementary School began Monday. Hutter Construction crews are contracted to remove the building between the gym and what is known as the 1895 Building, which was once Wilton High School.

Although it’s old, inspectors have found the 1895 Building to be well built and worth saving; however, heating and ventilation systems will be replaced.

The space created by the demolition will be filled by a new three-level building, which is scheduled to be occupied during February vacation in 2015.

After students have moved into that building, the 1950s portion of the complex will be torn down.

All reconstruction and
renovations of Florence Rideout are to be completed and ready for occupancy for grades 1-5 by August 2015.

Lyndeborough Central School will be turned into offices for the superintendent and administrators of the two-town school district.

Elementary populations in Wilton and Lyndeborough have fallen in the last decade, as they have in most of Greater Nashua. The two towns combined their school districts last year as part of consolidation efforts.

Students from both towns attend middle and high school at Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative.