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Lemoyne Middle School closes for good

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LEMOYNE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Summer vacation began Wednesday for students in the West Shore School District, but it was a bittersweet day at one school.

The doors at Lemoyne Middle School won't reopen in the fall.

On the last day of school, there was a wide range of emotion; from smiles and laughs to hugs and tears. All from parents, students and especially teachers.

Lemoyne Middle School has been a part of the community for decades. Students and teachers walked through the halls for the very last time on Wednesday. Back in April, the school district voted to shut the school down, saying the move would save a million dollars.

The 400 students will be sent to one of the three other middle schools in the district this fall. While many students and teachers are excited for summer, they're also sad to see Lemoyne Middle go away for good.

"It's pretty sad that all the teachers are going away from each other," said student Rachel Larkin, "They had a strong connection, they really cared about each student. I really liked it there."

"Teachers were in tears, the students were in tears clinging to each other and clinging to us," said teacher Sharon Graney-Fagan, "Everybody was crying saying goodbye. It's been a very, very hard week for all of us."

Many teachers worked very hard to try to keep the school open. With the closing, the district cut three positions. The rest of the teachers will be assigned to other schools across the district.

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