Wednesday, April 24, 2002

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Southeast Missourian

The tears already are forming in the eyes of former students, teachers and principals who will be saying their final good-bye to a beloved school building at the end of May.

But before the doors shut for the last time, the community is invited to a celebration of memories about Schultz School. A service will be from 2 to 4 p.m. May 5 at the school.

Past principals will be introduced beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the school's library. Melvin Gateley, a former principal, also will speak.

The staff is helping to organize the event.

"It's sad for those of us who were students and who work here to see it close," said Pat Heckert, a teacher.

During the open house, refreshments will be served and music will be provided by the seventh grade orchestra. Ensembles will be playing on each floor of the school, and Beta Club members will be giving tours.

Students have fond memories of attending seventh grade at Schultz. "They love this old school," Heckert said. Many former students have said that the year at Schultz was their most favorite.

The Schultz building is being closed by the school district and seventh grade students are moving to the existing high school campus along with the eighth grade. A new high school building will open this fall.

Schultz School bears the name of Louis J. Schultz, a longtime superintendent in the city. The building, which used to be the high school campus, was renovated and renamed in his honor in 1965.

Schultz will close its doors May 24.

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