By Jesse Kucewicz, Contributing Writer
WESTBOROUGH – The Westborough community was invited to take a stroll down memory lane and walk the halls of the Annie E. Fales Elementary School one last time on Oct. 24.
With a new building under construction and set to open to students on Nov. 15, the original building will soon close its doors.
Principal Maryann Stannard stood in the school’s entryway this past weekend, welcoming visitors and reminiscing on memories with former Fales students.
“It’s an emotional day,” she said. “We love this building, and we love this community.”
With a growing population and several repairs and improvements needed to the original building, Stannard said that building from scratch was the best option as opposed to trying to refurbish and remodel.
Issues such as handicap accessibility will be fixed in the new building. New facilities will also serve as a home for other groups such as the Westborough Recreation Department, while will hold basketball games in the new school gym.
Students and staff are growing more excited as they prepare to make the move less than a month from now.
“The thing that I am most excited for is just to see the kids and staff enter it for the first time and make it their new home,” Stannard said. “I’m looking forward to children figuring out their new space and really being excited for it.”
“What makes Fales a wonderful place is all of the people, and that will still be in the new building,” she continued.