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CLINTON — Two Clinton elementary schools closed at the end of last year are being demolished.

Both pieces of land are expected to be turned into green space and possibly sold, Superintendent Jeff Holmes said.

"Webster School is all the way down now," said Holmes. "What the crews are doing now is a process called scrap separation, where they are basically taking the recyclable materials, such as the light fixtures, and separating that from the rubble. The recyclable material will be taken to one spot and the scrap, another place."

On Tuesday, district leaders learned all of the asbestos had been removed from the former Washington School.

"Demolition could begin there as soon as the end of the week," Holmes said.

Anderson Backhoe Service of Decatur is doing the work for $352,000.

A new, $15 million Clinton Elementary School opened this fall at Illini Drive and West Park Lane, housing the 600 second- through fifth-graders who previously attended Webster and Washington schools.

Lincoln Elementary School remains open.

"Probably during the summer, the board will have a conversation and decide what to do with the (Washington and Webster) properties," Holmes said. "Right now, the plan is to turn them into green space, but it will be the board's decision what to do for the long term."

Five years ago, the district turned the former junior high property on Center Street into green space and sold it to John Warner IV of Clinton.

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