Sand Springs' 'Twin Cities Elementary' closes for good, Friday afternoon

Thursday, May 22nd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The state budget crunch is closing the doors of another Green Country school. Sand Springs students will end their school year Friday. But for students at Twin Cities Elementary at 11 South 65th West Avenue it will be the end of an era.

News on 6 anchor Scott Thompson says the Sand Springs School board voted in March to close Twin Cities Elementary. Classes have been held at Twin Cities Elementary for 83 years. It's the oldest and smallest school in the district. That’s why it was targeted for closing.

The move will save the district about $700,000, at a time when money is scarce. Teachers are trying to keep things as normal as possible for students, but there are signs that no one will be coming back to this building next year. No teachers will lose their job, but the neighborhood will lose its heart. Principal Robert Purser, "They're good people out here they work hard but when you have nothing out here like this school it seems like everybody goes their separate ways and that’s hard, that's a hard thing."

Next year, the students will attend Garfield and Central Elementary schools in Sand Springs.