Boise's Jackson Elementary heads for the wrecking ball

February 25, 2014 

Jackson Elementary School, on Cole Road near Franklin Road, will be demolished.

The school has not had students since 2011. Boise School District officials say the building is deteriorating, has asbestos and lead paint. School officials have already stripped all the usable infrastructure out of the building.

Jackson opened in 1960 and remained an elementary school until 2008, when two new schools — Morley Nelson and Grace Jordan — opened nearby.

Jackson was then home to the district’s English Language Learners program, but that program moved out after a few years.

Jackson, which is 34,000 square feet, sits on 9 acres. An open-space area beside the building is used by some athletic teams from nearby Borah High School.

Cost of demolition is $132,000. Work will begin as soon as possible.

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