01/08/2014 11:27 EST | Updated 03/10/2014 05:59 EDT

Elbow Park School Will Be Demolished, Trustees Decide

Google Maps

CALGARY - An 88-year-old school in Calgary that was heavily damaged in last summer's flood will be demolished and replaced.

The Calgary Board of Education voted Tuesday night to tear down Elbow Park School instead of renovating it.

Officials say the structure is at risk of collapsing and trying to repair it would cost about 55 per cent more than building a new school.

Sheila Taylor, the board's chairperson, says the decision to demolish wasn't an easy one to reach, but it's the right move.

The cost of replacing the school versus renovation is not known, but the board has talked to the provincial government about funding.

Construction could begin by late this year, with the opening possibly coming in September 2016.

Also on HuffPost

Photo gallery Flooding in Alberta See Gallery