Barnard Elementary building scheduled for demolition, considered hazardous due to asbestos

TULSA - The Tulsa Public Schools building destroyed in a fire last month has been scheduled for demolition.

Beginning Monday, crews will set out to begin the demo of Barnard Elementary, which housed Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences when a fire ravaged the property.

Officials say the property is considered extremely hazardous due to the presence of asbestos and the nature of the structure.

"Barnard is an extremely unsafe environment at this time, and we want to respond quickly out of respect for our neighbors," said Dr. Keith Ballard, TPS Superintendent.

DT Specialized Services was chosen through a bidding process to perform the demo.

"Due to the presence of asbestos, DT will be following best practices in the careful tear-down and clean-up of the structure," said Ballard.  "Our goal is to communicate with our neighbors and keep them informed of the work being done on the property."

Ballard says officials will visit neighbors beginning Tuesday to discuss the property and the demo.

"At this time, we have not yet made a recommendation to the board on what we will ultimately do with the property," said Ballard.  "We expect to make that decision sometime in November. It is critical, however, that we proceed with the clean-up of the Barnard property."

The entire process is expected to take 30 to 45 days to complete.  Security will be on-site through the entirely of the demo.

For questions, residents can email info@tulsaschools.org of they may call the Tulsa Public Schools Campus Police Department at (918) 749-9966.

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