Closing South Elementary School
Closing South Elementary School a necessary but tough decision
By Tim Buss
Wabash District #348
Sometimes circumstances dictate that administrators and school boards have to make tough decisions. The compass for those decisions should always be what is best for the students and preserving the district’s stability for future generations of students. We are stewards of our community’s tax dollars, but just as importantly we also are guardians of our community’s future through the educational opportunities we provide to our schoolchildren.
Those were the guiding principles behind the difficult decision the Board of Education made Monday night to close the South Elementary School Building next year. Even though circumstances clearly dictated the need to close a building – declining enrollment, state budget cuts the past seven years and the repair and upgrades needed for the 62-year-old building – we were very cognizant of the history and memories that the South Elementary building holds for many of our citizens.