A demolition crew began taking down the aging Davis High School Multipurpose Room (MPR) on Tuesday morning. Constructed in the 1960s, the building’s sawtooth-pattern roof had developed leaks repeatedly over the decades. The MPR was abruptly closed in October 2010 when toxic mold was found in the area beneath the roof. The Davis school board considered putting a new roof on the building, but ultimately decided to tear it down. Demolition had originally been scheduled for last week, but was delayed because mitigation work for asbestos took longer than expected. Mike Adell, the school district’s director of facilities, said that the light rain that fell Tuesday morning “was actually good, because it kept the dust down.” Adell added that even though Tuesday’s rains were light, rainwater had already “ponded” on portions of the MPR roof, and gushed down in torrents as the demolition equipment tore out the first of the roofbeams. Standing water on the roof had long been the source of the drippy leaks inside the building. Adell said that most of the MPR will be gone by the end of the week; the part that will remain will be the kitchen area (which is still structurally sound and does not have a leaky roof). A new outdoor courtyard area with a rain-shedding shade structure will replace the old MPR. The shade structure and courtyard will be ready for lunchtime use sometime during the early weeks of the 2013-14 school year.