Yesterday was a sad and tearful day for students, staff, and parents saying goodbye to our oldest school Allison Elementary, which closed but will reopen as a K-2 school, possibly as a Montessori school, in fall 2010. Principal Bob Schnur called it “a tough day.” Also quoted in the article were first-grade Marcia Silber, who taught at Allison in the same class room for 26 years; Allison mom and kindergartner aide Michelle Prewitt; and sixth-graders MaKayla Layne and Brian Gideon, both of whom come from families with long lines of Allison alums.
A sad day, indeed, but there is much to look forward to in 2010 when the school district reopens Allison as an Intergenerational School in partnership with Xavier University. This is the second “save” of the Allison building in recent times. The first was five years ago when Norwood voters saved the school from the wrecking ball by voting down the huge Norwood City Schools bond levy.