Work is set to begin on the demolition of the old Ellon Academy building next month.
Fencing around the Schoolhill Road building was put up this week to keep members of the public out of the site.
The building has not been used since the school moved to Kelly Pearl Way last year.
Members of the Policy and Resources committee agreed the demolition process could go ahead at a meeting last month.
Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Property, Allan Whyte, said: “Work is due to get underway on the demolition of the old Ellon Academy in August and we expect it to be complete before the end of this year.
“This is positive progress for the community of Ellon as it will open the door for the future development of this important site at the heart of the town.”
Ellon and District councillor, Gillian Owen, added: “This is going to be a huge challenge and will include emptying the whole building, stripping down, removal of the portacabins and demolition. There may be some disruption and I hope we can all be patient.”
Aberdeenshire Council expect the demolition process by contractors David Smith to begin on Monday, August 22, and the work should be complete in November.
The old academy was built in 1979 as a result of increasing pupil numbers.