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Original Ahfachkee building demolished

Built in 1991, the original one-story Ahfachkee School building has been demolished to make way for a larger one.

Demolition of both the classroom building and the science classroom building began March 5 by Pirtle Construction Company, which built the middle and high school building.

The two buildings were 22,000 square feet combined.

Demolition of the original Ahfachkee School took place in early March. (Photo Beverly Bidney)

Details on what will be built to replace the elementary school building have not been announced. Students schedules have not been disrupted by the demolition, they are in portable classrooms on campus.

Pirtle also built Ahfachkee’s middle and high school building, which opened in August 2019.

The 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art building contains a cafeteria, art studio, music room and media center with a large computer area.

Classrooms are on the second floor along with labs in science, engineering, robotics, bio-medical, MakerBot 3D printing and TV production.

The building fits the concept of collaborative learning with flexible furniture that allows students to move around and all the latest technology.

Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at