On the same day the bulldozers can begin the razing of the old Evans Middle School, school officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the new Evans Middle.
"We're asking that all alumni who graduated from the old Evans High and old Evans Middle come out and take part of the opening ceremonies," Principal Mike Johnson said. "I think they'll be very pleased with the new Evans Middle."
A dedication ceremony for the new school on Hereford Farm Road will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 1. The ceremony will be followed by an open house, which continues until 8 p.m.
The new school replaces the old Evans Middle on the corner of Belair and Washington roads. A group of developers will begin demolition of the school in August to make way for a retail center.
Currently, the old school stands as an empty shell, Johnson said.
All the furniture and supplies have been removed to be relocated to the new school.
This month, the Evans Middle arch was relocated, along with seven stone pillars, to their new home behind the Columbia County Library.
The pillars and arch are all that remain of the original schoolhouse built on the same site in the 1920s. It was destroyed by fire in the 1950s.
"I feel like the next generation will truly benefit from seeing these historical landmarks," Johnson said. "I think it can be a teaching experience for a lot of folks who can remember when this stuff was actually put together."
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