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      Funding approved for demolition of old Kirksville High School

      Old Kirksville High School, downtown Kirksville

      At Monday night's city council meeting, the Kirksville City Council approved a bill that would provide funds for the demolition of structures that are in extreme states of disrepair. One of those structures happens to be the old Kirksville High School. Community Services Coordinator Sarah Halstead said the demolition has been in the works for some time now.

      ??Back in May of 2013 we applied for a community development block grant form the state of Missouri Department of Economic Development to demolish four residential and one commercial structure in the city of Kirksville,?? said Halstead.

      The city was awarded a grant of nearly $165,000 for the project which will cost more than $228,000. Also approved at the meeting was a motion to purchase a stone marker for the grave site of Kirksville's founder, Jesse Kirk. An ordinance was also approved authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to receive funding through the Safe Routes to School Program for infrastructure improvements along LaHarpe Street from Franklin Street to Cottage Grove Place.