The expansive brick facade thatís all thatís remaining of James B. Simons Elementary School looks like a war ruin.

In fact, itís been the subject of great care and expense.

Itís among several schools the Charleston County School District is renovating in part because of their vulnerability to earthquakes.

No question it would have been easier to tear down the facade along with the rest of the school to bring it up to code.

But even though the school is outside the cityís Old and Historic District, the 1919 building has served as a neighborhood landmark for almost a century óand it also has a special place in the cityís history as its first public school to be racially integrated (in 1963). Itís important to save.

Read more in tomorrowís Post and Courier.