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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Winter Term


It was back to school this week after the Christmas Break. While the break flew by, the kids were still happy to get back to the routine of school.

This is Matthew's school. It is called Central School, and is primary grades only. The school houses roughly 280 students. This is one of the most beloved buildings in the town.























The province of Ontario is currently in a transition with it's schools. Many schools are being closed and merged together. This wonderful old school is slated to close it's doors next June, 2010. The decision was made after the cost to upgrade is too high, (ie. elevator to make it accessible) And it needs these things, in order to make it comfortable for everyone.

Our town is getting a new school. It will be a JK to grade six, and it will built at the site of our recreation center. I think this is a great location, as the students will be able to use the facilities. (pool, ice pad, baseball and soccer fields) as well as wide open space to run and play.

So, the next question is what will become of Central School? There are a couple of thoughts floating around, one is to use the building for the day care, which desperately needs more space, or the other is to use it as a dorm for the Hall of Fame. I just want to see the building used, and not left to sit empty. The province needs the money from the sale of the property to put towards the building of the new school.

It will be exciting to see them break ground on the new school and watch it take shape and get ready for September 2010. We have already started fundraising for the playground equipment, and then there will be the search for the name of the new school.

One chapter is closing, but a new one will begin.

16 comments:

Kerri said...

Good morning!! I'm so glad that you stopped by to visit my blog. I love the pictures and the story of your son's school. It will be interesting to see what becomes of it. When I drive past where my old school used to be, I can still "see" it and have happy memories!

I hope you like the York brownies. They are sensational & I was reading the recipe again -- you can chop up York peppermint patties instead of having to find the York mini bits. Hmm, I have another bag of Yorks up in the cupboard! :)

Have a great day with your kiddos! I'm off to find something to do with my day since we have no school again today.

ASHLEY said...

thanks for stopping by. you'll always special memories of that building!!

Leene said...

I love the look of older schools, just is such a cool thing. While its too bad that they're closing the school it is nice that they plan to at least keep it open and used for another purpose. Take care - Leene

Debbie said...

How about "The Debbie School"? Catchy name, don't you think. I'm not sure where I got that, but I do like it.
It is so sad to see the small school go but it sounds like your community is very forward thinking to build it where you can combine resources. We were supposed to be building a few new schools and updating several more but everything is on hold because of the economy.

Twisted Cinderella said...

It is always a little sad when old schools close their doors. I didn't realize the schools in Ontario were in transition.

Kelly said...

I will be sad when Central closes, and the same with Prince Andrew. It is nice to get new buildings and infrastructure, but the memories there are not replaceable.

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh, what a pretty building, though!

Thanks for stopping by Bubba Bubbles...we love new friends...and I promise not to be a scary stalker. Lurk, maybe - stalk, never!!

Jess @ NBP said...

Fun to watch those buildings take shape. We just had one of our elementry schools k-5th rebuilt with all new stuff. And the old building is being used to house freshman, 9th graders for the high shcool. I'm not sure if they will make it bigger so the kids don't feel so small in it or if they'll just remodel the inside. My oldest goes to preschool at our OLD middleschool(6-8) and that building will be done with in the next two years.

Cascia said...

Old buildings can be so beautiful. One thing I don't like about the US (Don't know if it is the same up in Canada) is that old buildings are contently being torn down so that new ones can be built. Old buildings are a part of history and it is so sad to see that lost. This was a very interesting post and I enjoyed reading it.

blueviolet said...

Oh, I hope they don't tear it down or anything. I love old buildings. New ones have none of the charm and character.

Yaya said...

A few years ago they backtracked around here and got rid of middle schools in order to reduce the number of buildings....

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Shandell said...

Hi! Thanks for popping onto my blog and leaving me a comment :o) I love the snow pics - living in Queensland Austalia - there is no chance of seeing snow - I'm jealous :o)

Jeauxdi said...

New school GREAT! Glad they will be keeping the old school building and putting something in it...It would be sad to see it gone! =0/

Thanx for the well wishes! I am so lucky to have the hubby I do!

Hope you have a great rest of your week and weekend! =0)

Lisa said...

Pam, thanks for visiting my journal, Hugs Lisa

Janie said...

Thank you for stopping by my journal. Hope they find something nice for the building. Wishing you a blessed week. Janie