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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

End of Line for Alexandra

Owen Sound | by James Greensmith  

Farewell ceremony today for Alexandra school as students will move to new facility.

Students, teachers and staff are bidding farewell to the old Alexandra Public School today in Owen Sound.

The 100-year-old facility is slated for demolition this be replaced by a new, smaller and more efficient structure on the same property.

Principal Denise Horvath says a number of small tributes to the old school are planned today.

Kids will leave drawings, signatures and memory quotes on the walls...and there will be a farewell announcement at the end of the school day.

Horvath says everyone is excited to get into the new school -- which Horvath tells us will have a number of new features.

There will be "smart boards" in every classroom to enhance student learning -- a big gym, more energy efficient heating, and most more huge staircases.

Horvath notes the old Alexandra school had 5 levels -- making it an unsafe environment for the kids, who had to trek up and down the stairs daily.

There is also a tribute to the old building planned for the new school.

Horvath says they will have the original school bell housed inside a monument, one of the resource rooms will be designated as a "heritage room", and they made an old countertop from the school into a new wooden table.


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