The Last, LAST day of school…

8 06 2008

Since Kindergarten, our daughter has been attending Alta Vista School.  It’s the smallest of four elementary schools in our district.  There is a real sense of “family” there.  And we love living walking-distance from campus.

For the past few years, as district-wide enrollment has been declining, our school has been on the chopping block for closure.  We’ve avoided it by converting our K-5 to a K-8 and by becoming a Science and Nature Magnet.  (I was REALLY happy about that!)  We’d convinced the school board that we had something special there worth keeping.  We thought our message was clear and supported.

That is until now.

Thursday, June 5, 2008, marked the last, LAST day of school for Alta Vista.  The school board voted 3-2 to close our school.

It just so happens that 2007-2008 marked the 100th school year of Alta Vista.

I think that’s pretty significant.

It was a bitter sweet time at the final school carnival, where we celebrated our centennial while knowing it was all going to be over, all too soon.

We held a graduation ceremony for the 8th grade class.  Many of the 7th graders are hurting the most, as they’d hoped to also graduate from Alta Vista School.  Now, they must move to a new school for that last year in the middle.

Our daughter will be going to another local elementary, which they’ve decided to add grades 6-8 to.  That makes me happy for several reasons.  1)  She’ll avoid the BIG middle school that I’ve heard some scary things about.  2) She’ll be going to school with Trinity (Brody‘s niece, Barbara‘s grand-daughter, a really sweet girl and good friend to my daughter).  And 3) if she stays there, she’ll be in 8th grade when her little brother starts Kindergarten.  I think it would be nice for the two of them to be in school together, even if just for one year!

All that to say,  I am sad.  My community is sad.  We’ve lost a real gem in Auburn by losing Alta Vista.  It was the only remaining elementary within the city limits.  The last, LAST day of school was very hard.  There were a lot of tears on campus that day.  I don’t agree with the decision that was made, but I do take a little comfort knowing that it was not a unanimous vote.

Life will go on.

Change is inevitable.

And God is in control.

Farewell to a wonderful legacy.  We are so blessed to have been a part of it.




4 responses

8 06 2008

that is sad…. How’s Ryvre with changing schools?

Brody went to that school too.

(on another subject, I really like that neighborhood you live in around the school)

8 06 2008

That’s crazy. I went there from Kindergarden to sixth grade. What are they going to do with it?

8 06 2008

I love the neighborhood, too. I think Ryvre will adjust well. A majority of her friends are going to the “big middle school”, but she will have many familiar faces where she’s going.

I’ve heard several different rumors about what will become of the campus: district offices, a charter school, a church, and even re-opening the school in a couple of years. So, time will tell, I guess! I don’t think anyone knows for sure yet.

I also learned last night of a possible cause for closure. A new development in the area is being planned, and they wanted a NEW school for those people (not an ancient one).

8 06 2008

If that last rumor about the school closure is true, that is not the Auburn I remember and long to live in again someday.
Amazing post, Annie.

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