May 8, 2013 — A hard fought battle is finally coming to a close.
When teachers and community members fought for the new Carter City Elementary School to stay in their community two years ago, they didn’t anticipate the bittersweet goodbye they would plan for this spring.
But a bittersweet goodbye is exactly what is being planned. The current school, built in 1939, was the third for the community. The new school is slated to open, right on schedule, in the fall this year.
The Closing Bell will celebrate the years of education in the current facility on Saturday, May 18 at 5 p.m.
Part planners are asking anyone with old photographs to help create a DVD for viewing at the celebration. Former teachers, classmates, and community members are asked to bring photos to the school, where they will be scanned.
In 2011, community members asked the board of education to build a proposed new facility in their community. The board approved lands and broke ground on the project in March 2012. Now, right on schedule, students will enter the new $10.8 M facility when the bells ring in August.
“We are coming full circle,” Glenda Haney-Woods said. “It has been just over two years ago that our community rallied the Board of Education to keep our school in Carter. A decision of this magnitude affects so many people and is so vital to a rural community.”
Haney-Woods will serve as the Mistress of ceremonies for the Closing Bell celebration, and is a graduate of Carter Elementary.
Those planning to attend the celebration are asked to call the school at 474-6121, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and confirm attendance.
Leeann Akers can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 474-5101.