Ida Burns to host open house before school demolition

The Ida Burns PTO will host an Open House and Walk-Through of the original Ida Burns Elementary School building from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday May 14.

The building, originally built in 1956, will be torn down this summer to make room for a new Ida Burns school building, complete with expanded parking space and a safe room.

Renderings of the plans for the new building will be on display at the event. The school will be ready to open in time for the 2016-17 school year.

The open house and walk-through will allow guests to travel down memory lane as they visit classrooms and see the school, as well as purchase T-shirts, memory books and yearbooks from Ida Burns. All proceeds benefit the school’s PTO.

The community response to the event has been overwhelming, with many people planning “reunions” for this day.

“We have heard so many cool stories from former students and teachers about the memories they have here at Ida Burns,” says Twighla York, Ida Burns PTO president. “This school obviously has an important place in so many people’s lives.”

Ida Burns school leaders say they have a lot to be proud of and look forward to.

"We are thrilled about our commemorative walk-through because we know how important Ida Burns has been to this community since 1956,” said Ida Burns Principal Cindy Thacker. "It’s exciting to know that we get to keep our community school here in this location and we are looking forward to a brand new building!  

“The history from Ida Burns is rich and we know that there are hundreds of people who attended school here and will love a walk down memory lane. We look forward to hearing stories of days gone by from former Ida Burns Cool Cats!"