Schools to offer tours before closing

WEIRTON – Area residents will have an opportunity to look back at some of their old school days this weekend.

Before their bells ring for the final time, open houses will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Weirton Heights, Broadview and Liberty elementaries, providing a chance for residents to have a look around and recall a few memories.

“All three schools will be open,” Weirton Heights Elementary Principal Frank Carey explained.

The three schools will close at the end of this school year, with pupils attending the new Weirton Elementary School when it opens in the fall. The levy providing funding for the new school stipulated the current structures would be demolished after closing.

Carey, who has been named the head principal of Weirton Elementary, said many residents have been asking for the opportunity to tour the three buildings before they close for good.

“We’ve had a lot of people ask to come,” he said, adding school officials wanted to hold the event before equipment and other materials were transferred to the new building. “We wanted them to look as good as they can.”

Carey said residents will be able to freely look around the buildings, sit in their old classrooms, share stories and view photographs taken throughout the three schools’ histories, while taking a few photos of their own.

A public tour of the new Weirton Elementary School also is being scheduled for later in the year.