Video: After Transition Year, School’s Out For Chester Shell Elementary


Chester Shell Elementary has finished its first year after taking in a surge of students from Waldo Community School, which closed last year.

One teacher said the Waldo school closing was like a death in the family.

“The challenges were just learning new things,” said Holly Burton, principal of Chester Shell. “You’ve got, you know, two different school cultures, and we wanted to make sure that we kept the important traditions from each.”

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