The demolition of the old Pioneer intermediate/middle school started Thursday morning with a ceremonial “first swing” by Pioneer Kiwanis member Bob Helm. What was originally thought to be a swing of a sledge hammer turned into Mr. Helm operating demolition machinery. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC spoke with him after he spent about 15 minutes behind the controls.
Helm won the opportunity to start the demolition by being the highest bidder at an auction during the Kiwanis Crab & Clam Dinner.
Two dozen or so community members came out to watch.
The demolition will be completed in phases starting with the middle school wing and the gymnasium that began Thursday. The main building, intermediate wing and quad will be demolished sometime after July 4th.