Progress on Monticello's school building project can now be seen anytime online through an EarthCam camera that has been installed at the construction site.
The wide-angle, portable webcam is attached to a pole on the south end of campus, and currently shows Old Washington School and the ground behind it, which will boast a new gymnasium and elementary school wing when work is completed.
School Superintendent Vic Zimmerman said the camera will be moved around to catch the most photo-worthy work going on during different points of construction.
“We're starting out having it facing where Old Washington is, so you'll be able to watch Old Washington being torn down, then the gym being built,” said Zimmerman. “Once the walls are up on the gym it's not overly exciting any more from the outside, so we're going to move the camera inside the gym to see what's going on inside.”
Old Washington, which dates to 1894, is scheduled to be demolished the week of July 8. Free bricks from the building will be made available to those who want them.
The $35.3 million project also includes a two-story science lab addition to the adjacent 1923 high school, as well as renovations throughout the high school and the newer portion of Washington Elementary School.
A view from the EarthCam is available online at https://public.earthcam.net/PKPJ_Hoerr/Monticello.