The future of the building that held so many students over the years is uncertain ever since the
As planned, students' last day there will be
"I call it the Statue of Liberty," said life-long resident and former Ramsey teacher
The comparison is fitting because the school has become a fixture in downtown
The majority of downtown residents have stories and fond memories about the school -- at least the group of about 25 parents and their children did on Monday.
Their tribute was recorded by
Horvath was a kindergarten teacher there for many years. She worked for the school district from 1989 until 2012, when she retired.
Tears come to her eyes when she talks about the school.
"My mother asked me to tell the school board, 'Once you lose a treasure, you never find it again,'" Horvath said.
That's why parents are fighting to save the school, said parent and resident
They don't want to forever lose a valuable community asset.
"We want to memorialize all the students who were taught on this site, since about 1884," Woods said on Monday.
School board members have said closing the building will save about
"We saw at the last meeting one side of the ledger, but what about the other side? How much will it really cost to keep the school closed?" said Woods, referring to the
The board also voted to close
Stuve's involvement in the project happened entirely by chance.
Last week, she and her friend,
They stopped to check it out, and that's when they ran into parent
Probst was walking home, but is not the one who left the flowers.
Probst is part of a group of parents who are rallying against the closure of the building and who have started petitions to recall school board President Pierce and Vice President Stewart.
She explained the situation to the two passersby.
"It was those flowers that inspired today," Stuve said Monday. "I was really moved because it's a beautiful school, and the situation just broke my heart."
Linden attended the school as a child.
"My best memories were made there. There was something really comforting about the small size of it. I feel like that would be taken away if the students are put into (modular classrooms)," Linden said.
The school is built upon the site of
It was the location of the district's first high school.
The high school opened in 1882 and stood until
The high school was subsequently rebuilt on its current
"It's another home away from home," said former Ramsey teacher
Hoy started working in the district in 1968, and worked at Ramsey from 1985 until her retirement in 2004.
Horvath chimed in, "It's a small school, and the children trust you. They get to know all the teachers' faces.
"These children become your heart."
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