^^ And to you Big Cheese, and to your assistants, Ralph W, DogWalker, Linda B, Countless Countless others deserve praise and to be commended. Collectively your efforts make mine pale in comparison, but one thing is for sure. We all want the same end result and we are getting the cleanup part accomplished , slowly but surely. From 6 years ago , when I began, it is obvious that the property gets regular maintenance. It is uplifting and gives me hope that we have volunteers who specialize in Historic renovations , and have investors looking yet again to identify the way to make renovation a doable project.
Despite those in the community that think the School is a lost cause, hopeless, that we are wasting our time, WE ARE CONFIDENT that a path to bring this building from its derelict state to life will be identified, and that, by continuing forward on the things ,we as the community can do to improve it, gives it a huge shove forward to meeting that goal. We will save any features ( remaining doors / windows ) to restore or as patterns for ones put back in during renovation.
Mostly , as posted previously, the task at hand is total clean out of the building everywhere. every staircase, classroom ,closet , even the basement.. all junk , ruined building materials, trash hauled away.. dust ,broken glass etc swept up , bagged up, removed. Auditorium cleaned back down to the concrete floor, the Stage cleaned / cleared, and the removal of all of the tagging. I believe this phase will easily run us through 2013 probably longer.. depending on the volunteer interest, and donations ,etc.
I commend you all for your loving efforts ...