The Escuela Eduardo Peralta Jiménez is one historic building that will not stand empty while officials try to figure out what to do with it.
The school is exactly that, and now some 300 primary students have a modern facility within a building that is a national heritage site.
The work was done with a 147 million-colon investment by the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural. Four new classrooms were added as well as modern bathrooms.
A leaky roof and the entire electrical system were replaced. The centro said the building was in an advanced stage of deterioration.
The school is in Tucurrique, Jiménez de Cartago. The weather there is great for vegetable farming, but the moisture and the cold challenge wooden structures. The school is believed to have been built in the World War II era.