Village of Menomonee Falls - Demolition will start on Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Hiawatha Elementary School on Sept. 6, according to Rick Fechter, director of facilities for the School District of Menomonee Falls.

Fechter said the schools are in a stage that is considered challenging and very important to do correctly.

“Basically, what’s going on now at both schools is we’re in the middle of the hazardous material removal process, that’s all the asbestos and lead-based product in the buildings.”

The hazardous material should be completely out of the school by approximately Sept. 1, according to Fechter.

After demolition has been completed on both schools, green space will be created at the existing sites. Fechter expects the demolition to be done quickly, and estimated its completion would be by late October or early November at maximum.

The green space that will become the existing school sites will be primarily used for walking paths, unless the school district wants to enter phase two of the project.

“The first phase of it is just basic green space,” Fechter said. “Phase two would end up being if we needed an additional ball or soccer field.”

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