A lot of memories at Robert Morris Elementary in Batavia
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They packed up the library Tuesday at Robert Morris Elementary.
"We've been associated with the school for a lot of years, you know, through one child or another,” said Teresa Figlow, whose children and grandchildren went to school here.
Soon the desks and chairs will follow.
"I don't know if they thought as long about it as they should have,” said Amy Fagan, a parent.
Memories won't change, but the school district will.
"That's a wonderful school. The teachers are good, the office workers are nice, I mean, everybody here: I have no complaints about them. They've all been really wonderful,” said Figlow.
"It's probably one of the most difficult changes that a district will ever go through, is closing a beloved elementary school,” said Margaret Puzio, Batavia City Schools Superintendent.
Robert Morris School is the victim of declining population in Batavia. At present size, the district no longer needs three elementary schools.
"It was a board decision based on the enrollment, that we were able to utilize two elementary buildings as opposed to three. There are many redundancies and expenses that result from using the added building, which constitute a cost savings when it's closed,” Puzio said.
There have been as many as ten elementary schools in the history of this city: north, south, east and west.
"There was so many schools. I mean, so many public grade schools. And now we've got it down to just two. That's sad, that really is sad,” Figlow said.
Another sign of the changing times.