UPDATED Thursday, May 23 at 11:30 a.m.

Demolition of the industrial arts shop area at Hancock High School should start Tuesday, May 28. The equipment is in place, but they will not start the demolition process until after the holiday weekend, a representative at the school said in a phone call to the Stevens County Times.

Superintendent Loren Hacker originally said the demo could start as soon as Thursday, May 23.

Tradesmen Construction of Alexandria, the general contractor of the school district's $7.8 million project, will demolish that portion of the building. The project will add classrooms and a new industrial arts and agriculture area to the school.

Hacker said on Wednesday morning, May 22, that a fire suppression system needed to be removed from that section before demolition could start. The system needed to be functioning through the school year. A removal crew had not yet been at the school, but classes did not dismiss for summer until about 12:30 p.m. on that day, Hacker said.

The school had been removing items from the shop and agriculture areas throughout the past couple weeks in anticipation of construction.