The end of an era arrived for the Chillicothe School District Monday and Tuesday as the last classes to ever attend Central and Garrison schools were dismissed.
The end of an era arrived for the Chillicothe School District Monday and Tuesday as the last classes to ever attend Central and Garrison schools were dismissed. The last classes for Garrison School, which housed preschool classes, dismissed Monday. The last classes for Central School, which housed fourth and fifth grades, were Tuesday. The school district plans to sell Garrison School and the land on which it is located during a public auction this summer. No definite plans have been identified for Central School. The district had planned to raze Central School; however, school officials have been approached by non-profit groups expressing interest in the school building and its property. These non-profit groups are being asked to make proposals to the school district by mid-June, at which time the board of education would evaluate the proposals and determine a path of action, according to Superintendent Dr. Roger Barnes. Garrison and Central schools are about 70 years old. The preschool classes are relocating to the new elementary building in north Chillicothe, where also the kindergarten and first-grades will be housed, beginning this fall. The fourth and fifth grade classes this fall will relocate to Dewey School, where kindergarten and first grade classes dismissed for the last time on Tuesday. The move to the new building was scheduled to begin today, first with preschool supplies being moved to the school, followed by the Pink House, and then kindergarten and first grades. Once the kindergarten and first-grade supplies are taken to the new school, Dewey School will be cleaned, the floors waxed and some renovation work will be done before the fourth and fifth grades are moved in. Summer school will be held at Field School and at Chillicothe High School.