Students, Teachers Say Goodbye to South Elementary

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TAYLORVILLE - Saturday was bittersweet for students and teachers at South Elementary School in Taylorville. It is closing its doors for good.

Mine subsidence under the school damaged the building. Although the school itself had been deemed safe, ongoing budgetary issues forced school officials to make a tough decision.

According to officials, fixing the damage didn't make financial sense.

As a result, a decision was made to close the school at the end of this school year.

Teachers and parents understand.

But parting ways with the school, which holds so many memories, is not going to be easy.

"I'm going to be sad, I really am," one person told WAND News "My heart is here, with all the good memories.:

One teacher said South Elementary was her first teaching job. She says people need to be excited about the new beginnings but they'll never forget what South Elementary meant to them.

So where will South Elementary's students go?

Taylorville students in kindergarten through second grade will go to North Elementary next year. Preschoolers, third-graders, and fourth-graders will attend Memorial Elementary.

Students in preschool through fourth grade who live within Stonington Elementary boundaries will continue going to Stonington.

All fifth-graders will go to Taylorville Junior High School.

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