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The building that housed Cosumnes River Elementary School for more than 60 years is on the verge of demolition, and this week's removal of the large, multi-paned windows that defined the front make that clear. On Thursday, principal Mike Gulden, who was at the new facility being constructed next door, said he was struck by how insubstantial the old school looks without the windows. After demolition, a mountain of soil piled up behind the old school will be used to build playing fields to the level of the current portable classrooms on the site -- about 10 feet. The new school is slated to open for the start of the school year next month. A tour of the campus earlier this year is available here.

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