Literal last day for one Mont. school - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Literal last day for one Mont. school

Principal James Owens reacts to the final day of class at his school Principal James Owens reacts to the final day of class at his school

Posted by: Bryan Henry - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - For more than 50 years, Paterson Elementary was the neighborhood school near downtown Montgomery but not anymore. As of today the school let out for the last time.

"We've seen a population shift out east and the school is old," said principal James Owens.

12-year old Jerry Wright is sad to see Paterson close its doors. Wright is moving on anyway to the 7th grade at another school in the fall but Wright hates to see Paterson become just a memory in his academic career.

"They taught me right from wrong here. I learned a lot," said Wright.

James Owens says when he took over 4 years ago, the student population was around 250. Today on the last day it was 170. The majority of the kids will attend T.S. Morris Elementary in the fall.

Much like most of the teachers at Paterson, Owens says he'll be reassigned to another school. For Jerry Wright, a farewell to home away from home for the last 6 years.

"We're one big family here," said Wright.

There's been no decision made on what to do with the school. WSFA 12 News has learned it won't be torn down.

©2009 WSFA. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 

  • EducationMore>>

  • SPLC founder Morris Dees headlines Troy symposium

    SPLC founder Morris Dees headlines Troy symposium

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:08:21 GMT

    A well-known civil rights lawyer was the keynote speaker at Troy University's annual journalism symposium Wednesday. Organizers said they invited Morris Dees because of his long history of fighting for the rights of individuals, including journalists.

    More >>

    A well-known civil rights lawyer was the keynote speaker at Troy University's annual journalism symposium Wednesday. Organizers said they invited Morris Dees because of his long history of fighting for the rights of individuals, including journalists.

    More >>
  • ALSDE moves forward with lead testing in public school drinking water

    ALSDE moves forward with lead testing in public school drinking water

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 3:30 PM EDT2017-03-22 19:30:06 GMT
    Water fountain (Credit: Franz Barraza, Chief Photographer FOX10 News)Water fountain (Credit: Franz Barraza, Chief Photographer FOX10 News)

    The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) has sent a memorandum to school system superintendents state-wide about the agency’s plan to assist all public schools in testing school drinking water for lead contamination. 

    More >>

    The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) has sent a memorandum to school system superintendents state-wide about the agency’s plan to assist all public schools in testing school drinking water for lead contamination. 

    More >>
  • Do your homework when it comes to college financials

    Do your homework when it comes to college financials

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 2:54 PM EDT2017-03-22 18:54:45 GMT
    (Source: NBC File Video)(Source: NBC File Video)

    It's about the time of year that college acceptance letters are going in the mail. 

    More >>

    It's about the time of year that college acceptance letters are going in the mail. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly