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Waterloo's Edison Elementary set to close

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The Waterloo Community School District is closing the chapter on another one of its elementary schools.  Edison Elementary is one of several Waterloo schools to be replaced under a voter approved one-cent local option tax.

Monday night, students, staff and the community will gather at 6:30 p.m. to say goodbye to the building, during a formal closing ceremony in the auditorium.

Edison's principal estimates that the school has served more than 40,000 students in its 97-year history.  Currently, more than 500 kids attend pre-K through fifth grade at Edison.  While many of them are sad to see the historic building go away, they're looking forward to publishing a new chapter in education with the opening of Edison's replacement, Fred Becker Elementary School.  Becker is located on Sheldon Street, on the site of the former Black Hawk Elementary, just a few blocks away.  All Edison students and staff will call the new school home, and families of former Black Hawk students have the choice whether to continue attending other area elementary schools, or to attend the new Becker School. 

A date for demolition of Edison School hasn't been set.  Staff will begin moving into the new Becker Elementary around Dec. 14, with the first classes getting underway there when classes resume after Christmas break.  Parents and staff are invited to attend a "preview night" of the new Becker School at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 3.

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