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.