It's been a long journey, but Friday Byers ISD closed its doors. The school will consolidate with Petrolia ISD for the next school year.
Teachers and staff packed up their classrooms and emptied the school building. Many have a long history at Byers school and it's hard to say goodbye.
"I've been here 47 years. It's the only place I've ever taught,"said Judy Wade.
She's had the same room since 1984, long before the school faced any talk of closure. On May 12, 2012 consolidation was approved between Petrolia and Byers ISDs and now Byers is shutting its doors.
Wade said, "It's has been an interesting experience."
For many at the school, it's sad closing the chapter on Byers ISD, but all agree, the approved consolidation is good news.
"We were really excited. We knew it was the best thing for our children and for Petrolia so it was a positive move," said Principal David Keller.
Come July 1, Petrolia will take over the newly consolidated district. What Byers staff say they will miss most are the children.
"I've had some wonderful kids. I've had the opportunity to see them go on and be successful," said Wade.
Superintendent Kim Childs said the kids have handled the changes very well.
"Aside from the bad situation for Byers, school really has had a terrific school year and I commend the kids on how they have conducted themselves."
For teachers, the time spent at Byers ISD will be treasured.
"Loved every minute of it. This is all I ever wanted," said Wade.
Items from Byers like textbooks, desks and computers are all being moved over to Petrolia May 25, 2012.