As part of the Arlington Valley Floodplain Acquisition, the Flood Control (District) purchased the Arlington School and the adjacent buildings to remove them from the Gila River Floodway. During Gila River flooding, significant physical damage and clean up costs were incurred, as well as the dislocation of students, their families, and school staff. Floodplain acquisition is much more financially sound for the County than providing a structural flood protection system.
The school and surrounding buildings were purchased from the Arlington School District in the spring of 2004. The buildings were demolished during the summer of 2004. A memorial monument was placed on the site to commemorate the history of the school. The dedication ceremony was held on October 30, 2004. Currently, the land is vacant. The land could be purchased through the District’s bid process. The potential development on the land is very minimal due to the floodway status.