I have lived in the Falls since 1968. My great-great grandfather was one of the village founders. I have served the community in multiple ways: Firefighter, various boards and commissions and for many years was president of the Falls Cable Access Corp. Currently I own, and am active in, a restaurant equipment manufacturing company.
It is the second day of the school year.
Regularly scheduled school busses zip -zap through our neighborhood picking up their burdens and delivering them to apprioprate classrooms.
All over town most school buildings have already accepted this year's student influx and all seems to be well.
But, not in my neighborhood!
Thomas Jefferson School has closed. Today there are no teachers, no busses, no students - nobody.
It is very eerie. The school building across the street sits silent and unused - as if in a ghost town.
Every other year minor irritations of the school have been anticipated and accepted. But today, there are no more rumbling school busses or food delivery trucks. Even more so, the regular traffic jams have vanished.
Most of all we miss the kids. They were always full of spirit, joyful, happily chatting with their friends while waiting for the doors to open for the next day of instruction.
No more! We hope that the school might soon be refurbished and able to accept students again.
Perhaps the Germantown district might for now rent this unused asset to relieve its overcrowding.