Teachers, Students Take Last Walk Through School

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PARMA, Ohio -- The school year is winding down. In the Parma City School District, it not only means the end of classes, but the closing of four schools.

As part of the district's consolidation plan, State Road Elementary, James E. Hanna, John Glenn and Pearl Road Elementary schools will all be closing at the end of this school year.

At an open house Sunday, former teachers and students got the chance to walk the halls and go into the classrooms one more time. State Road Elementary has been a place of learning for 92 years.

For former student Karen Goulandris, just walking into an old classroom brought back memories.

"I am a teacher today because I had the most wonderful kindergarten teacher here at State Road Elementary School. Mrs. Carr was her name," Goulandris recalled.

Former music teacher Cordetta Grossen Vultzhauser remembers not having a classroom.

"I rolled the piano from room to room every half hour. Every half hour, I went to a new class," she said.

The Parma School District estimates it will save about $2 million a year by closing the four elementary schools.

Another part of the consolidation plan puts eighth graders at the three Parma high schools. Fifth through seventh graders will attend the middle schools.

The sentiment Sunday at State Road Elementary was that students, teachers and staff are sad to see it go.

"It is the school that I have been to for all my life since kindergarten, and it is going to be really sad to see it get closed down,"  sixth grader Lee Lynn Wood said.