Elementary school closes

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Tuesday was the last day of classes at one Pike County school.

The school board voted to close Runyon Elementary School immediately due to low enrollment.

Students are now being sent to other schools.

On Tuesday, students took their last lessons and staff members packed up at Runyon Elementary School.

"Everybody's just sad, best way to describe it," said staff member Sherry Wright.

The Pike County School Board voted to close Runyon Elementary School effective September 14th because only 60 students were enrolled this year.

"No one likes to close down a community school and certainly that was a big decision by our Board of Education. We have to be realistic and see what's best for not only those students at that particular school, but how it affects the whole area of all the other students as well. I think that was the most practical thing to do at this time," said Superintendent Roger Wagner.

The Runyon students will go to Bevins or Southside Elementary Schools.

Parents like Cynthia Cisco and her third grade daughter are trying to adjust to the sudden change.

"It's hard. She's really apprehensive. She's worried she's not going to see her friends. It's going to be a whole new ball game for her. It's really trying for us and a lot of sleepless nights. Just concerned for what will happen when the students go from small classrooms that we have to the larger classrooms," said Cisco.

Teachers and other staff are also transferring to other schools in Pike County.

"It's sad to see the kids go. Everybody's sad," said Wright who has worked at Runyon Elementary for 11 years.

They say a staple in the community since the 1960s is now history.

Superintendent Wagner says they are planning to eventually build a new, state of the art school building that will consolidate Bevins and Southside schools.

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