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Hermiston's Union High School wins reprieve

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HERMISTON, OR-The last remaining piece of Hermiston's old Union High School has been spared from the wrecking ball.

The school district had planned to demolish the old threshold this morning, but at the eleventh hour, educators decided to preserve the facade.

Support Services Director Mike Kay says engineers have developed a plan to preserve the facade.

"Most everybody who's been around this community went through this building at one time or another whether it was the old high school or Armand Larive Middle School," Kay says.  So for most of our residents here this is a big piece of what they're about."

Several people who attended the high or middle school came to the building today expecting to see it demolished, and are happy the school district decided to preserve it.

"There's quite a few of us around here who went to school in these buildings," says Helen McAfee, "so it's kind of hard to see them come down."

School district engineers say after some work to shore up the threshold, the old entrance will be incorporated into the new football and soccer complex now under construction behind the school.