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Community bids farewell to Anderson School

Principal Tidwell takes one of the last walks down the Anderson hallway. Principal Tidwell takes one of the last walks down the Anderson hallway.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

After more than 100 years in the Anderson community, the doors of the school will close for good, ending an era in Lauderdale County.

Everyone in Anderson knew this day was coming, but Principal Johnny Tidwell said they are turning their sadness into something positive, celebrating the success of their students.

"The years I have been here have been some of the happiest years of my life," Tidwell said. "I appreciate the opportunity they've given me to be the principal here."

Tidwell took one of his last strolls through the halls at Anderson School Thursday. In November, the Lauderdale County Board of Education voted to close the school at the end of the year due to low enrollment numbers.

"We chose to make it a happy day – our kids are graduating and we're celebrating their accomplishments. We're trying to focus more on that," he said.

Earlier in the day, the school held a special graduation for Kindergarten through 5th grade students. Anderson School has been in the community for more than a century, and Tidwell hopes the community and faculty will keep its memory alive.

"They'll have their memories; that's something no one can take away from them," Tidwell said. "We've shared so many things and we'll take them with us for the rest of our lives."

In the fall, students will either enroll at Lexington or Lauderdale County.

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