The Coeur d'Alene School District's oldest school might become a demolition site. Winton Elementary School was built in 1925 and although some upgrades have been made, the district wonders if it's time to knock it down and start from scratch.
While a school house from 1925 has a particular charm, radiator heating, skeleton key doors and electrical panels like a New York subway system get in the way of seeing the beauty of a 90-year-old school.
"In 1925, if you had a light bulb you were in pretty good shape, now with all of the technology, of course, a huge issue is electricity," Bryan Martin said.
Martin is the Coeur d'Alene School District's Director of Facilities. He says a major issue Winton has is that it's not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The school has two sets of stairs and in one instance, a grandmother visiting the school had to be taken on a journey around the school just to get into the school's gym, which is located down a flight of stairs.
"We have an old, antiquated system that was put in in 1975 with the addition, but... we can't get parts for it," Wilson said of their fire suppression system.