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first_imgBy WVUA 23 Reporter Elizabeth ElkinStudents, staff and parents said goodbye to Northington Elementary School Thursday. The school will consolidate with University Place and Arcadia Elementary schools.“it’s been awesome,” said Northington Principal Ingrid Edwards. “It’s been wonderful. This is a family here. We’ve built an empire. Great learners, teachers, and we’ve collaborated well with the community.”Officials don’t yet know what will happen to the building.“Closing a school, Northington, is bittersweet,” said Superintendent Mike Daria. “This is a school that has taught and loved students in Tuscaloosa for so long, and the teachers here, the faculty and staff here, there’s a family here. The idea of closing that down to move to the next step for Tuscaloosa City Schools, it is bittersweet.”The school is home to around 450 students and over 50 staff members. Students were sad to say goodbye to the place they’ve learned and grown. Parents say this school has been a wonderful place for their children .“To see teachers and staff that actually care about the students that’s absolutely like just wonderful, mind blowing, so I’m gonna miss it,” parent Alisha Hayden said. I really am.”Though saying goodbye is hard, Edwards said good things are coming for the students and staff.“It is sad, but change is great,” she said. “They will be in great hands with the two schools that they are going to – Arcadia and University Place Elementary School. But I’m so proud of Northington. we’ve been tight knit, a real good family here and the teachers are awesome wonderful.”What will she keep dear to her heart?“Memories,” Edwards said. “Fond memories of teaching and learning and just having a great time.”last_img read more