The razing of Washington School in Parsons is underway.
The school building was built in 1954 and forced to close in 1999. Since that time, the building became a target for vandalism and had deteriorated significantly, prompting the USD 530 Board of Education to vote to demolish it. As a long time community landmark, many residents want to collect a brick from the building as a memento. This has created difficulties for crews working on the demolition. The Parsons District Office has made arrangements for the public to be able to pick up a brick at the district office at 2900 Southern street. The bricks will be available tomorrow and Friday. Bricks will NOT be given out at the school site.