Unused B.G. school set to burn Saturday

By Ray Legendre, Columbian staff writer

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A Battle Ground school that served as the educational home for north county children for 60 years will be burned in a firefighting drill Saturday morning, officials announced Monday.

The Central School has fallen into disrepair since 2001, when students last roamed its halls, officials said. The costs to repair the 70-year-old building, which is on Parkway in downtown Battle Ground, would be prohibitive, officials added.

The public is invited to attend the controlled burn, which is scheduled to begin with light firefighting drills around 10 a.m. The school will be set ablaze sometime between 11 a.m. and noon, said Mike Ciraulo of Clark County Fire and Rescue.

The district has no immediate plans for the site, officials said.

On Friday, the school district will give away hundreds of salvaged Central School bricks in limited numbers. The bricks will be given away from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Battle Ground High School north parking lot, immediately south of Central School.

Officials asked that only former students and employees picked up bricks before 3 p.m. Friday. Bricks will be given away free of charge, but donations can be made to the Battle Ground Education Foundation.

For more on the school's history, read Central School's Final Lesson.