August 22, 2006--Posted at 6:15 p.m. CDT
CORNING, AR--When the Biggers-Reyno School District closed in may the students were forced to find new academic homes. For the first time in more than a century the halls of the Biggers- Reyno School District are empty.
"Anytime you take an institution out of community, that has been there for a 109 years, it is sad," said Corning Superintendent John Eddington.
"I was really sad, because it was the only school I had ever been to," said 8th grader Madison Rutledge.
For displaced Biggers-Reyno students, Monday's first day of school was in an unfamiliar place...Corning.
"I'm new here and I really don't know anything, so it's different for me," said Rutledge.
Around 60 students made the jump to the Corning School District but they weren't alone. When the Biggers-Reyno district was forced to consolidate all of the staff members lost their jobs, but luckily around 15 of them have found new jobs here in corning.
"I have always gone to school, year after year, teaching in the same school. I knew all the kids, except a couple new ones, but this is definitely a challenge," said transplanted teacher Mary Lamb.
Lamb and Rutledge have only been Corning Bobcats for two days, but seeing familiar faces from Biggers-Reyno has contributed to this seamless transition.
"I feel really welcomed. If people notice you are lost they will ask if you need help and they have been nice. I have already made a lot of new friends," said Rutledge.
While it's been an obstacle for students and teachers, the opportunity to move to a larger school district affords a number of new opportunities.
"We didn't have a cheerleading team at Biggers, so I can go on and do cheerleading," said Rutledge.
"We have some students that are coming over that are going to be able to participate in football and some other extra curricula's that they didn't have at Biggers," said Eddington.
While a certain legacy died when the doors closed at Biggers-Reyno, a new tradition is starting in Corning.
"I love the buffalos, but I am learning to adjust to the gold and the black," said Lamb.