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Newbern Elementary closing, emotional time for students and teachers

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By Ashley Roberts

At the end of the year assembly this morning at Newbern Elementary School in Dublin the kids performed, the parents were video taping and the turnout was great.

But, this year was a little bit more emotional because everyone there knew it was the end of the road.

"This is very emotional," said Jeanie Anderson who's been teaching at Newbern for more than 30 years.

"It's very emotional because a lot of people have been through here. A lot of lives I've touched and it's a whole new chapter in my life."

Newbern Elementary is closing for good.

Today was the last day for students.

Teachers will return next week to finish packing up their classrooms.

According to Principal Joseph Reed the school is closing because student population is declining.

Reed says only 115 students attend the school.

Out of that number, only 79 are zoned for the school.

He says the other students are from other school zones, but attend because it's where their parents want them to get an education.

The school is 56 years old.

We're told it's the only school in the Pulaski district that has a coal furnace.

The school is filled with plenty of history and memories.

"I know there are great kids everywhere, but I've been very fortunate to work with this group of children," added Anderson.

Principal Reed feels the same.

He's been there for two years.

"I would like to thank the parents and students for a great two years."

All the students and teachers have been re-assigned.

They're closing the book on this chapter of their lives, but getting ready for a new one.

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