Original West High School building saved from wrecking ball

Old West High School

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The original high school building in West, Texas was targeted for demolition after being damaged in the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion.

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by TODD UNGER

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WFAA

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9:35 AM

WEST, Texas--The school board in West, Texas did an about-face Tuesday night.

The district says it will suspend plans to knock down the town's original high school building that was built in 1923.  

Earlier this month, we told you about a group of citizens furious that the school board had recently voted to demolish the historic building that was badly damaged in the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion.

Recent estimates to renovate the structure ran as high as $4 million, although earlier estimates were half that figure.

A committee will make a decision on how the old high school building will be used. The building will temporarily be boarded up during the interim. 

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