Archive for Monday, December 4, 2006

Fond memories fill Cordley celebration

December 4, 2006


It's not just kids who make a lot of noise at Cordley School.

At least on Sunday, about 200 adults did too as they gathered to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the school, 1837 Vt. Most were making noise sharing old memories.

For Patty Carlos Koehler, all the memories were fond ones.

"It was just a fun place," said Koehler, who began at Cordley in 1929. "I don't remember anything bad about it, not even my grades."

Cordley is the city's oldest elementary school. Principal Kim Bodensteiner estimated about 200 people showed up for Sunday's celebration, which was the first major one for the school since it had turned 75. Bodensteiner said several alumni of the school had called asking for advice on how to get in touch with old classmates, so district leaders decided to have another birthday party.

Superintendent Randy Weseman, who gave a brief talk at the party, said the community was celebrating more than just the age of a building.

"A school is not just bricks and mortar," Weseman said. "It is about the people who are here and the people who have been here. This is still a building that works very well. You should just see the test scores that come out of here."

Participants at the celebration - which featured cake, a rendition of "Happy Birthday" and presentations about the school's history - were optimistic about what's ahead for Cordley.

"I think schools like this still have a future," said former school board member Austin Turney, who fought efforts three years ago to close the school.

Turney said he thought the number of nearby homes being converted into rentals - which has caused a decrease in the number of students for Cordley - had begun to slow.

"I think we have gotten to the point where the numbers are going to start staying steady," Turney said.


Susan Lee 11 years, 6 months ago

Yeah! It is so nice to see older lovely schools still in use. It would be GONE in Salina.....About half of the older schools were closed and the students from approximately 3 schools smushed into one. Very sad....

brotherskeeper 11 years, 6 months ago

More examples of how to build a good community!!! Even if this is not efficient, it is wonderful to have places like this.

Tammy Copp-Barta 11 years, 6 months ago

I thought Pinckney Elementary school was the oldest elementary school in Lawrence ...

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