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Retired Boonville school placed on endangered building list

The advocacy group, Missouri Preservation announced Wednesday that Boonville’s Central Elementary School was on its Most Endangered Historic Places List for 2012. Central Elementary no longer functions as a school building and the Boonville School District hopes to sell or repurpose it. If they can’t repurpose it, the building may be demolished. Missouri Preservation Administrator Holly Peterson said empty, out-of-date school buildings have become common is rural school districts.

“The school districts have less and less money to operate with; it becomes very difficult for them to have those overhead costs of an inefficient building that are so expensive for them, so this is becoming a real trend,” Peterson said.

Central Elementary was nominated to be placed on the list by the Boonville Superintendant. Missouri Preservation is offering technical assistance and planning support in order to help raise awareness about repurposing the school.