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Students, alumni say goodbye to Erwine

7/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

COVENTRY — Coventry Local School District’s Erwine Intermediate came tumbling down as it was demolished July 21 to make room for the construction of a new high school.

Attending the demolition were special guests and Coventry High School graduates Scott “Big Cat” Pfaff and his brother, Chris “Drama” Pfaff, from the MTV show “Fantasy Factory,” shown at right top from left.

The two played rock, paper, scissors to determine who would be the first to run the demolition equipment of C.T. Taylor Construction. Scott Pfaff won and is in the cab pictured below.

A number of other people got a turn at demolishing the building, including Coventry Board of Education member Dave Andrews, who is shown at right bottom waving from the cab.

A crowd of residents and former students showed up to watch the effort, pictured at top.

Voters approved a 5.99-mill levy and bond issue in the May 2013 election, allowing the district to receive $11 million from the Ohio School Facilities Commission (now part of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission) for a $39.3 million renovation project to turn the existing high school into an elementary building and to construct a new ninth- through 12th-grade high school and gymnasium at the site of Erwine. Both the renovated elementary school and new high school are slated to open in fall 2016, according to district officials. 

— By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Lew Stamp

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