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Demolition proceeds purr-fectly

Portables at Banks Junior High razed after kittens saved from rubble


by: COURTESY PHOTO: BRAD ESLER - Kittens rescued from beneath a Banks Junior High portable found temporary refuge in a recycling bin while awaiting transfer to an animal-care facility.Kittens coming out of the woodwork?

Well, not exactly.

But workers preparing to demolish the portable classrooms at Banks Junior High School last week found four kittens living under one of the portables and rescued them before beginning demolition.

Two kittens were taken to Banks Veterinary Services by P&C Construction High School Project Superintendent Matt Burgard, aka “Kitty Shuttle Service,” said Brad Esler, the junior high school project superintendent.

Those kittens are in good health and have found homes.

The next day, workers discovered two more kittens. They were taken to Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro. The kittens are in foster care, said Shelter Manager Debbie Wood, and will be available for adoption in a few weeks.

After the kitten “all clear” was given, Banks School District Superintendent Bob Huston demolished the first portable building.

The demolition and subsequent construction activities are part of a $10.5 million bond approved by voters in May 2012. The junior high will get a comprehensive overhaul, including a new two-story classroom wing.

Work will continue through the summer and into the next academic year. Completion is slated for fall 2014.




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