School building being shut down, school to move

POSTED: 4:22 PM Nov 09 2012   UPDATED: 4:38 PM Nov 09 2012
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LENOIR COUNTY -

An old, historic school building is closing down.  Friday was the last day for students and teachers at Sampson Alternative School in Lenoir County.  The school is located on Tower Hill Road in Kinston. 

The school has been there since the 1940s, but school officials say its condition is deteriorating and is too costly to repair.  The walls and ceilings have a lot of water damage and even some spots of mold.  The board of education decided to close the school back in October.

Friday, people at the school were packing up the last of the school's stuff and putting it all into a moving truck.  The school will move to a new building at the Kennedy Home in Kinston.  Students will start classes there on Monday.

Jimmy McPhaul lives in the neighborhood next to the school and attended the school in the 1970s.  He says the school is a big part of the community.

"It's the type of school that keeps the people off the street and in the neighborhood and puts them in the school and teaches them what they're supposed to know," said McPhaul.

About 50 students attend the Sampson Alternative School.