Last day met with mixed emotions at Flint Schools

What is typically a celebration is met with mixed emotions at Flint schools Friday.

Students and teachers are uprooted as the Flint Community School District closes four of its schools to make up a nearly $16million defecit.

This year, for many Flint students and teachers the last day of school is mixed with a tinge of sadness.

"It's hard it's heartbreaking just really hitting that i'm not going to see them," said 3rd grade Washington Elementary teacher, Cathy Lisk.

Mrs. Lisk, said farewell to many of her students for the final time Friday.

"Our last goodbye, our last time walking out the door together."

3rd grade student, Taijana Mingo said, "I gotta leave all my friends and I've been at this school for four years."

Washington Elementary, Bryant, Dort and the Zimmerman Center in the Flint Community School District are all closing their doors for good.

District officials made the decision to shut down the schools to make up a $16 million deficit.

The move transfers students and teachers to other nearby schools.

"This is our last day with the students in the building so it's bittersweet," said Washington Elementary Principal, Phyllis J. McCree.

Across town, a multi-generational tradition coming to a close.

"My baby child graduated in '01. She's the ones who helped put that sign out there the red and white sign. There's a lot of memories in this building," reflects Flint Northern High School parent, Shirley Cathey.

Flint Northern High School will transition into an alternative education center next school year.

From administration to students past and present, there is a great deal of Viking pride.

"I also graduated from Northern. Went to Northern from '77 and graduated in 1980," said Flint Northern Princiapl, Janice Davis.

Principal Davis will remain at the school building as the principal for 7th through 9th graders for alternative education.

She does not know if the school will keep the name "Flint Northern."

But, she says, one thing is certain.

"My blood is red and grey. It always has been."

The district has also laid off more than 100 teachers amid its financial deficit.