Crews move remaining items out of old Cooper School

Demolition of old building expected to start June 17.
The sign from the old Cooper Elementary School comes down Tuesday morning as crews from all the schools in the district help move things into the new Cooper School. Pictured are, left to right, Superior Middle School engineer/custodian Dan Horst, Northern Lights engineer Dale Lundgren and Superior School District painter Shane Nelson. (Jed Carlson /

Custodians, engineers and painters from the Superior School District converged on Cooper Elementary School June 10-12 to pack and move remaining items from the old building at 1807 Missouri Ave. to the new school about 15 feet away.

“There’s nothing left,” said Principal Aaron Lieberz on Tuesday, June 11.

Colorful student artwork, names and sayings decorated the empty walls.

Superior Water, Light and Power crews dug down to the water main along Missouri Avenue Tuesday as members of the district’s maintenance department pulled down the metal letters on the Cooper Elementary School sign.

“These are stubborn,” Lieberz said. “They’ve been there a long time.”


Both the school sign and the Welcome to Cooper sign, which was often featured in parent pictures of students, will be donated to the Douglas County Historical Society.

Utilities at the old building are slated to be shut off Wednesday, June 12. Excavators will be on site by June 17 to begin demolition, Lieberz said.

The building, which opened in the fall of 1970, will be taken down over the summer and replaced with a parking lot and playground space.

Residents can expect a police presence in the area Friday, June 14. The Superior Police Department will conduct tactical training at the old school building from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any explosions or gun fire heard at Cooper school Friday is approved police training, according to an email from Ray Kosey, community events director for the district.

Voters approved a $92.5 million bond referendum in 2016 to replace Cooper, renovate Superior High School and add safety improvements at other district schools.

The new Cooper School was nearly completed in April 2018 when a fire started in the gymnasium area. Work to repair and clean the building delayed the new school’s opening for a year. It will welcome students when the school year begins Sept. 3.


Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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