After years of delay and dropped offers, work is underway to demolish the old Highland View Elementary School.

The Gulf County School District had worked through three offers that failed before finalizing a contract for $650,000 last October.

That deal was able to happen due to a zoning change by the Board of County Commissioners on the 7.92-acre lot, from a zoning that fit a use for a school, to a mixed commercial/residential designation.

The school, which opened in 1952, held its last graduation in 1999 and was used by the North Florida Child Development as their south end facility until they constructed a new facility off of Field of Dreams Drive.

Herman Jones, who taught at the school from 1970 until its closing, said that during his time teaching there, the elementary school flooded three times due to hurricanes.

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