Tomorrow is the last day of school for students at Paint Rock Valley and now parents are wondering where their kids will go next year, how they’ll get there, and what will happen to their former teachers.
WAAY 31 spoke with school officials about what parents should expect.
“The kids, they’re like family here," said principal, Kevin McBride. "They’re very close-knit. And it’s almost like breaking up a family in a sense, because some of them will be going to a different school.”
Kevin McBride is the principal of Paint Rock Valley School, which is now closing after the Jackson County school board voted to close the school in a meeting last week.
"It’s been really emotional for me. It’s been personal for me," said McBride. “I fell in love with this school, the community, and the people here. It just felt like home for me.”
But McBride isn’t just the principal. He has two daughters and a son who attend Paint Rock Valley.
“They participated in sports together," said McBride. "They all three played basketball, baseball, because we didn’t have a girls’ softball team.”
According to Jackson County superintendent Kevin Dukes, parents of Paint Rock Valley students will have the option of which school their child will attend next year, between Skyline and Woodville School.
As far as what happens to Paint Rock Valley teachers, Dukes says those with tenure will have the choice of where they want to teach, but there are three teachers at Paint Rock Valley without tenure, and, right now, their futures are up in the air.
“This is a wonderful staff and I don’t think that the teachers who are non-tenured will have a difficult time being placed, because they’re excellent teachers," McBride said.
As far as future plans for the school, Dukes says he’d like to lease it to the community and let them decide what to do with it.
McBride says he’s happy to hear that.
“I would definitely like to see the building used for something with the community," McBride said. "A community center or community library.”
According to superintendent Dukes, all of these plans will have to be approved by the board—including where McBride is placed.
McBride says he trusts he’ll end up where he’s supposed to; however, he doesn’t ever plan on leaving Paint Rock Valley.
“This is my home," he said. "I plan to stay here forever and be a part of the community.”