End of an era as former Florence school building nearly razed

The once proud symbol of secondary education at Florence will soon be a memory as work started last week to raze the structure. More than half of the building was gone Monday with the other half being brought down in the next two weeks. Overseeing the demolition and bid process was Darin Neufeld, engineer for EBH. The low bid for $79,500 was accepted with H Excavating of Belle Plaine contracted to do the demolition. Seven bids were received with two of those from Marion County. Florence City Councilor Trayce Warner said the high school was in operation from 1940 to 1990 with the surrounding buildings open for middle school students until 1996.