LOCKHART — Alumni and other former students and their families will have an opportunity to say goodbye to Lockhart School this Saturday.
In March, the Union County Board of School Trustees voted 8-1 with Trustee Mike Massey opposed to close Lockhart Elementary/Middle School at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. The decision to close the school was based on a combination of factors including the average student cost being almost twice that of Buffalo, Foster Park, and Monarch elementary schools and Jonesville Elementary/Middle School. Another factor was the projected decrease in the school’s student population from 150 this year to 84 by 2025.
In May, the board voted unanimously to approve a request by the Town of Lockhart that the Union County School District transfer ownership of the Lockhart school building to the town. The town is hoping to find a new use for the school that will not only preserve the building but also benefit the community as a whole.
In that same meeting, the board voted 6-2 with trustees Mark Ivey and Manning Jeter opposed and Trustee Betty Joann McMorris abstaining to approve a request by the town that the rental fee for the building be waived for the Lockhart School Farewell Reunion.
The reunion will be held this Saturday (June 23) beginning with an Open House at the school from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. After the open house, the reunion will continue at Lockhart First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 126 Armory Road (behind Lockhart One Stop) from 1-4 p.m.
Those who attend the reunion are being asked to bring finger food to share. Water and lemonade will be provided.
Donations will be accepted to offset costs. Anyone interested in making donations may send them to Karen Ashe, 3837 Jonesville/Lockhart Hwy., Union SC 29379.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.