Sallie Cone Elementary students and staff gathered around the school’s flagpole Wednesday to lower the flags together for a final time.
Wednesday was the last day of school for the Conway district, and the last day that the building on South Boulevard would serve as an elementary school.
In the fall, Sallie Cone will transition into a pre-kindergarten center, housing all of the district’s preschoolers. The
building will also hold Conway Adult Education, temporarily located at Lee Avenue.
The last week of school has been a "whirlwind" according to Dr. Tina Antley, Sallie Cone principal. Antley will move to Carolyn Lewis Elementary in south Conway, along with other staff members.
The school is under construction, but scheduled to be open for students in the fall.
Carolyn Lewis students will come from the south side of Dave Ward Drive, and from the neighborhood west of Sallie Cone, to Donnell Ridge Road and from the south end area near the district line according to rezoning lines that were finalized last year.
A concerted effort to move the school, which has been at South Boulevard since 1956, will occur the week of June 4.
The school hosted an open house April 29 for former students and staff to gather and remember the history of Sallie Cone, and its presence in Conway through different eras of education, including civil rights.
Antley said something to remember about Sallie Cone is that its students have always looked at each other "just as other kids."
A 48-minute video compilation documenting Sallie Cone’s history in Conway is available now on the district’s website at www.conwayschools.org.