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Thacher Elementary to be demolished

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- KCMO public schools voted to demolish Thacher Elementary in a meeting Wednesday night.

The school board said the 115-year-old school could be demolished beginning late spring. The board has been considering tearing down the building for more than a year.

A group called "Save Thacher, Save Our Schools" made efforts to save the school but could not solidify an interested developer.

The building has been boarded up since 2011 when an alleged arson got inside the building and caused damaged.

"The district made it clear that they are interested in making off these vacant buildings, not caring about what the community thinks is best for its assets," said Manny Abarca of  Save Thacher, Save Our Schools.    "As tax payers we are disappointed in the negligence. The district acted with little to no facts from district staff. We are seeking  an attorney to assist us to file an injunction and plan to host another rally and vigil in honor of Thacher once the building comes down."

According to the school board, the demolition will cost $250,000.

The district said they intend to use the land for more parking and athletic fields for the nearby middle school.

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