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Students, teachers say goodbyes at one DoCo school

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Students and faculty are saying their goodbyes as Magnolia Elementary closes its doors for the last time Friday before being repurposed into a special programs school.

They were in high spirits Thursday getting ready to celebrate the end of their school year with water, music and sharing memories with friends.

"Celebrate the fact that magnolia is a great school," said Cyndy Lyle, Magnolia Elementary Media Specialist. "We have a lot of school ride here and we just want to tell our boys and girls that we love them and we wish them the best."

But it's their last week together as a school after Dougherty County School Board members decided to repurpose the school as part of a cost saving plan and the initial reaction of the closing wasn't as happy.

"I was very scared at first, because I didn't actually want to go to a new school, because I already know all of the teacher's here," said Elexus Walters, 5th grade Magnolia student. "So, it will be different. "

"I just think that if you come through this school, It makes that transition so much sweeter," said Joyce Polite-Davis, family member of Magnolia students. "It makes that transition from elementary school, to middle school to high school so much sweeter because they teach so many more things than just lesson."

But now, after several informational meetings, the mood is different and everyone is positive that change is only for the best.

"I think that it's going to be great," said Vontressa Childs, Magnolia Assistant Principal. "It will be a great contribution to our city, as far as our parents for convenience, to be able to get their students here for the pre-k program, the gifted program, the elementary alternative program."

They say the memories made and the lessons taught there will be carried on through the success of their students.

"Dr. Frasier and my teachers, they instilled greatness in me," said Monaye Darke, former student. "I do believe I am where I am, a rising sophomore in college because of Magnolia."

And it's clear everyone affected will take what they were given there proudly on to other schools.

It's also the last day of class for Dougherty Middle School and Sylvester Road Elementary to be closed as part of the plan to save 2 million dollars a year and 11 million in SPLOST money for renovations needed at the schools.

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