Au Sable Forks Holy Name School Principal Christine Reynolds said her elementary students were sad when they came to school Friday, March 22 officially knowing they would be the last ones in the school’s 100-year history.
“They were a little sad this morning knowing that their school was going to close,” said Reynolds, who announced during a March 21 school meeting that the private Catholic institution would be closing its doors in June.
“The children are going to be resilient,” Reynolds added. “They will be fine, and we will help to make sure that they are fine.”
Reynolds said that all of the 56 students currently enrolled in pre-K through grade 6 at Holy Name School are from the communities of Au Sable Forks and Keeseville.
“All of their sports programs and several other activities come through this community,” Reynolds said. “All the kids in the community already know each other even if they are in different schools.”
In announcing the closure, Reynolds sent a pair of letters to parents, alumni and the community.
“When I first arrived, I was told that I may be principal for only one year,” she said in the letter. “I took the job with the hopes that together we would be able to keep this little school going. We kept the school going for three years!”
Reynolds said that the decision was made after “much thought, number crunching and prayer.”
With the closure, Reynolds said she is working to help students who will be transitioning into the AuSable Valley School District.
“In May we have a Fun on Wheels bicycle safety event that we are hoping to go over to Au Sable Forks Elementary to do the helmet fittings,” she said. “In June I am hoping to get together with (AFES principal) Ginene Mason so our students will have a chance to go over and see the classrooms and meet with the teachers and students they will be with next year.”