Final walk-throughs and the opportunity to bid a fond farewell to Lincoln and Bonham Elementary Schools will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at both facilities.
All current and former students, staff members, as well as past and present Board of Education members and all citizens of the community are invited to attend the event.
The buildings are slated to be demolished over the summer to make way for new elementary buildings to be constructed on the sites of the two schools.
At 1 p.m., Lincoln elementary alumni, former and current teachers and staff are invited to take part in a photo opportunity at the school. A similar photo was taken last fall at Bonham Elementary.
Lincoln Elementary School, at its current site on Frederick Avenue, was dedicated Nov. 18, 1956. S.J. Bonham Elementary on Margaret Avenue was dedicated soon after on Feb. 3, 1957.
The sites of both schools were approved by the Board of Education a year ago after the school's architectural firm, Hammond Construction, conducted a feasibility study of the school district properties to determine where to build the new schools. A kindergarten through second grade building will be constructed at the Lincoln site and the third to fifth grade building will be at the Bonham property. A new high school will be built at its current location on Dragon Drive.
Niles voters approved a 5.3 mill bond issue in November 2008 to help pay for the project with a large portion provided by the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.