Pilot View Elementary closes doors

PILOT VIEW, Ky. (WKYT) - Educators have been teaching children inside Pilot View Elementary for a long time.

"11 years I've been here. Some staff have been here 33 years, their entire career," said Principal Stephen Jenkins.

There's been a school there since 1869, but today, the school officially closed its doors for good. Even for those who've moved on, the school still made an impression.

"What you've learned here will be carried on the next generation. It is not dead," said former principal Francis Paynter. Paynter was the principal from 1948 to 1950.

"Pilot View just lives on in each of our students," she said.

Even though Paynter hasn't been the principal in 64 years, she still carries that pride with her.

"Don't forget to say when you go out that you came from Pilot View, Kentucky," she said.

It's hard for those who've spent so much time there not to be a little bit sad.

"It's definitely saying goodbye to a little bit of heaven out in the country," said Jenkins.

They're taking comfort in the words of one of the school's favorite authors.

"We love the quote by Dr. Seuss, 'don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened,'," Jenkins said.

The students will go to other schools throughout Clark County.

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