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Custodian recalls favorite memories as elementary school faces demolition

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The last day of school usually stirs up some excitement.

But for an employee of a Sioux City elementary school, this year it's a feeling of nostalgia, as the school he attended decades ago faces demolition.

Jim Skalisky has worked as a custodian at Washington Elementary for the past twelve years.

But back in the 60s, he was a student.

"Tell your mom, hey, we're going over to the school and we're going to go play, and they knew where you were at and you just trusted everybody," said Jim Skalisky, Washington Elementary Custodian.

He grew up in this house right across the street from the school.

So did his mother.

She was in the first kindergarten class back when the school opened in 1921.

"I have pictures of it being a prairie. You know, there's only like two houses in the whole neighborhood, and it took like 15 to 20 years after that before everything really started to develop," said Skalisky.

Jim's daughters attended Washington Elementary too.

Three generations of Skalisky's.

But, the school will soon be torn down to make way for a brand new building.

In the meantime, Jim's recalling a lesser known fact about a building that's over 90 years old.

"There's some tunnels I never knew were down here, under both ends of the building that they used for pipe chases and for the steamlines and all that," said Skalisky.

A lot has happened since 1921.

This building has survived it all.

"Always something that you can always count on," said Skalisky.

But as steady as it's been, this Skalisky says he's o.k. with change.

Now, he says, is that right moment to look forward.

"It's time. You know, Washington served its purpose. You know, the old building, and you gotta look to the future," said Skalisky.

A new Washington Elementary will be built on the same site as the existing school.

Jim says he's looking forward to the building's modern conveniences, especially an elevator.

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