Toledo, OH

100-year-old Ohio elementary school closes its doors for good

Kristen Walters

It was a sad day for Ohio residents when a local elementary school that had been a staple in the community, closed its doors for the last time this past week.

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Founded in 1918, Wernert Elementary School had been a fixture in Toledo for generations. For many of its students, it was the first place they had gone to school.

Thousands of Ohio residents made their first friends and learned to read and write at Wernert Elementary over the years. But now, more than 100 years after the elementary school opened its doors for the first time, it will be closing them for good.

Last Wednesday marked not only the end of the school year but also the end of an era. As Wernert let kids out for summer break for the last time, it was bittersweet for many of the students, parents, and teachers, marking the end of their time at the school.

According to reports, Wernert Elementary was initially used as one of the city's high schools. However, due to population growth, a new high school was built, and the Wernert school building was converted into an elementary school.

Currently, there are no plans to use the Wernert School building for another purpose. Some fear it will face the same fate as the nearby Jackman Elementary school building, which is being torn down later this month.

It's always sad when buildings like Wernert Elementary School that contain many memories and history for a community are closed. But, while the closing of Wernert marks the end of an era, the community must continue to look forward to the future.

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