Haines Middle School In St. Charles To Close In 2 Weeks After 60 Years

Nancy Harty
May 24, 2019 - 8:10 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It opened the same year that Hawaii became a state - now a St. Charles middle school is closing two weeks from Friday. 

Haines Middle School gave up its name two years ago; and when this school year ends, the 60-year-old building will stop housing middle school students. 

Band teacher John Blank said while some are sad to say good-bye, they're also excited to check out the newly remodeled Thompson Middle School.

"The new building is absolutely wonderful," he said. "It's all renovated. A lot of it is brand new."

The move to Thompson Middle School will give students and teachers the chance to make new memories there, he said.

"For the last 60 years basically that Haines did exist, in name and in building, the building's branches - all those kids, now adults, they still carry those with them," Blank said.

He expects old students may stop by in the last two weeks of the year to say good-bye to the building.

District 303 decided to consolidate middle schools to save money amid declining enrollment. Thompson chose new school colors and a mascot to mark its new chapter.

It's not clear what Haines will be used for in the future.