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June 13, 2013

Farewell for Washington Hunt on Monday

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Washington Hunt community will have a chance to say goodbye to their neighborhood school.

Hunt’s Parent Teachers Association will be sponsoring a celebration from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Rogers Avenue school. Colleen Britt of the Washington Hunt PTA said the event is open to all.

“They can bring old pictures if they’d like,” Britt said.

There will be pictures, old newspaper articles, yearbooks and other mementos of the school’s history on display. The school will be open for tours or just so people can walk in and take a look around.

Monday’s event will also feature a guestbook for people to sign and share memories, Britt said. A video about the Washington Hunt students, faculty and staff will be playing in the cafeteria.

Almost a year ago, Lockport Board of Education members voted to close the Rogers Avenue school. The main reason was the high cost of making improvements to the building, none of which could be done before Hunt became ADA-compliant.

Hunt was one of three Lockport schools that were not ADA compliant, the other two being DeWitt Clinton and John Pound. Clinton was closed three years ago and is now owned by Head Start of Niagara County and Pound became the district’s early childhood center.

The roughly 250 kids who attend Hunt will be transferred for the fall, not including the ones who will move up to fifth grade at Emmet Belknap Intermediate. Most are expected to attend Roy B. Kelley on East High Street, with the majority of the Hunt kids eligible to be bused, as most live more than a mile from the other Lockport elementary schools.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.