Before leaving for summer break Thursday, students and educators at Jim Darcy, Bryant and Central-Linc elementary schools said goodbye to their school buildings for the very last time. 

When they come back in the fall, they will be returning to what the school district's Superintendent Tyler Ream has described as brand-new "21st century schools," which have been under construction since the spring of 2018. 

While the building that housed Central-Linc will remain standing, the old Bryant and Jim Darcy schools will be demolished to make room for new playgrounds. School district officials said asbestos abatement is set to begin Friday, June 7, and demolition will begin in approximately two weeks.

There's no denying that new school buildings will come with a variety of benefits for students and educators, yet many can't help but feel sentimental about the old ones. 

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