Honeybees have built their home inside the walls of an abandoned school. (Photo: Meredith Mitchell/THV 11 News)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski County Special School District decided that one of their oldest buildings needs to come down; however, the superintendent wants to preserve one part of the school.
Pulaski County Special School District Superintendent Dr. Jerry Guess isn't afraid of honey bees or the hundreds like it inside the old Scott Junior High School.
"As part of preparation here, we found several colonies of bees in the building," he said.
That's when Dr. Guess made it his mission to make sure the bees were removed safely and halted the demolition.
"The bees are endangered, so the thought that we had was we should do everything that we could to protect these colonies of bees so that they're not destroyed in the demolition," Guess explained.
Guess enlisted the help of professional bee keepers, who volunteered their expertise and time to the school district, making sure every colony was taken out.
"It turns out that there is a really large network of bee keepers that are concerned about bees, and they're doing everything they can to maintain the bee hives they've got, and they've been very concerned about helping to remove these," Guess added.
Dr. Guess is now known to his colleagues as the PCSSD bee keeper. He even received a shirt from his co-workers. He said watching a TV special on the declining population of honeybees was what led him to his concern for their safety.
All bees were safely removed, and the demolition will continue through the middle of the month.