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Save McKinley Elementary

Last month Historic Tacoma added the old McKinley Elementary School building to its Watch List of at-risk historic structures.

The 105 year-old school building at the corner of South 38th and McKinley, just off Hwy 7 has been sitting empty for two years now.

The building opened to students in 1908, making it one of the oldest in Tacoma. After more than a century and four renovations, the School District voted to close McKinley in 2011 as a response to a budget shortfall.

Current plans are for the school to house Stewart Middle School students when that school closes for renovations in 2015. After that, its future is uncertain.

The building, still owned by the School District, is not listed on the Register of Historic Places. Historic Tacoma's listing for the school describes it as "the best example of the American Renaissance style in the school district," and calls it "well-suited for adaptive re-use."

Historic designation aside, it would be sad to see the grand old building deteriorate and fall prey to vandals. One option would be for the District to find some sort of long-term use for the building. Another would be for it to sell the building for another use. Speaking of which, what ever happened to Roger's Elementary

What would you want to see happen with McKinley?

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