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Constableville Elementary celebrates last days

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CONSTABLEVILLE — The last children to attend Constableville Elementary filed into the gymnasium Friday morning for the “Celebration of C’Ville” event. The 90 students in kindergarten through fifth grade were joined by staff, parents and former students to say farewell while recalling memories and sharing the impact the small school has had on the community.

After 83 years of educating children, the school is closing its doors for good Tuesday. South Lewis Central School District board members voted unanimously in January to close the school due to budget problems and decreasing enrollment for the entire district.

“I watched the school as it was being built. I never dreamed I would outlast the school,” Arsa Weiman said. The 1934 Constableville High School graduate lives across the street from the building.

“The world changes,” he added, “not always for the best.”

During the hourlong ceremony, which included a slide show set to music and individual student presentations, Board of Education President Barry R. Worczak spoke to the audience.

“Although Constableville Elementary building will be closing it doors soon, there is one thing that will remain unchanged. That is the wonderful memories that you, as students, will keep for the rest of your lives.”

Mr. Worczak reminded the students, “A good, sound education is not based on a school building. It is based on supportive parents, creative staff and on you.”

Before the ceremony concluded and the students gathered on the front lawn to blow bubbles, Mr. Worczak said, “The closing of Constableville Elementary is not only the end of a chapter in your lives, but it is also the beginning of the next chapter of the rest of your lives. Look forward to the next chapter, and like a good book, it will have a happy ending.”

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