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Doors closing at Perry Primary School at end of school year

Perry Primary School will close its doors at the end of the school year.
PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - After almost five decades, and thousands of students, Perry Primary is closing it's doors at the end of the school year. 

The school's principal, Dr. Elgin Mayfield, says there will be some challenges moving forward, but he expects even more opportunities at new schools in the future. 

Lunch time at Perry Primary is as busy as ever....

It's some of the last dishes that will be served at the school.

The 50 year old building was the first school to house African-American students until integration in the city...it's been a high school, a middle school and now caters to the youngest minds. 

At the end of May...it will be empty. 

"The building is old. We can do better for our children and we want the best facilities that we can have for our kids in Houston County," Houston County superintendent Dr. Robin Hines said. 

After jumping over several hurdles including managing penny sales tax dollars and rezoning, Hines says the 540 students at the school will transfer to other schools in Perry. 

The newest being Langston Road Elementary, where Mayfield, who's the principal at Perry Primary will continue his role...

"The workload at Langston increases everyday, and the workload at Perry has not diminished one iota. It is definitely a big job, but it's a joyful job," Mayfield said. 

"An interesting transition for us is instead of focusing on the primary grades, we'll need to be spread across the full six grades of elementary school.," he said. 

Mayfield has been the principal for seven years, but says he didn't have to worry about creating an identity for the historic school...

"At Langston Road, we're going to be responsible for building that climate and that culture...day one," Mayfield said. 

A challenge he says he's ready for.

The school is hosting a fair well walk this Saturday at 2 P.M. where alumni can come to talk about the days they were in school. The new Langston Road elementary will open this fall. 


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