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A trackhoe breaks down the structure that was Malibu Middle School’s Building E on Wednesday, July 5. The building, which was determined to have polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), will be replaced by a structure made of shipping containers. Photos by Barbara Burke/22nd Century Media
Malibu Middle School’s Building E is demolished.
Barbara Burke, Freelance Reporter
3:26 pm PDT July 10, 2017

Spectators gathered Wednesday, July 5, to watch the demolition of Malibu Middle School Building E.

“My classroom just disappeared,” said Brigette Leonard, who has taught sixth grade at Malibu Middle School for 17 years as she watched a large trackhoe take down the building to make way for a replacement. 

For Leonard, the demolition was a reminder and an affirmation that Building E’s polychlorinated biphenyls were no longer a concern.