For the first time in 87 years when the bell rang to start school across USD 253, there was one building that remained silent. That building was Lowther South. Last year with all of the economic turmoil that the entire nation is facing and the school population decline that our district is facing, some tough decisions had to be made. One of those decisions was to restructure the way the buildings were configured in the district…closing both the 5th grade building and the 6th building (once the middle school addition is completed). I know that this decision makes sense in the long run, but I also am sad to see those building close. The buildings hold so much tradition….thousands of students have walked those halls in the last century…and the north building will close just two years shy of a century of educating Emporia students. I just hope that I get a chance to visit the north building before the doors close…just one last visit to a building that meant so much to so many people.