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March 14, 2014

District planning ‘farewell’ to school buildings

NEW CASTLE — Decades of early education in the city will be celebrated at the close of the school year.

The New Castle school district will close three elementary buildings this summer. Anyone who has been associated with the John F. Kennedy, Thaddeus Stevens and/or West Side primary centers is invited to share photos and good memories of those buildings.

Terence Meehan, assistant superintendent, is heading a committee and plans to put together a tribute to the buildings where so many lives have been touched.

He is looking for former teachers, students and parents to not only share fond memories but join his committee. He asks that anyone interested in serving on the committee contact him by April 15, so he can begin to get organized.

“We want to recognize all of the teachers who taught at the three buildings,” he said. “I need help locating people, finding photographs. This will be the end of an era that goes back more than 50 years.”

Meehan said each of the buildings will be recognized and each may have its own celebration.

“We will also be doing something special with each school and school community.”

Meehan said he envisions a final walk-through of the buildings in May or early June, before the district moves out furnishings in anticipation of selling the properties.

“These buildings have been here for a long time. I think the community might want to participate in saying good-bye.”

Meehan said he may even put together a memory book featuring any photos he gets.

“This is the end of an era. We have a lot of pride in our schools.”

Meehan may be reached at (724) 656-4759 or

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