Staff sad to see school close, but understand the benefit
Due to major redistricting in Washington County, Conococheague Elementary School will be closing its doors for good this week.
The school has been a major staple in the county for over 50 years.
With just over 140 students, school officials describe the school as a "tight knit" community. However, the decision to shut the school down was made after it received a low grade from the state due to it's age.
Students will be transferred to Jonathan Hager, Clear Spring or Maugansville Elementary School in the fall, while all teachers were reassigned to eight different county schools.
“They're going to move into these beautiful buildings, have state of the art technology. It's really, actually an exciting time for them. I’m really excited for them. I’m excited that they're going to be in a brand new building," said Nicole Paylor, principal of Conococheague Elementary.
Winter Street Elementary School was also closed after receiving a low grade.