- "I remember putting pencils on the heaters so we could bend them." — Michael Stephens
- "I remember trying to learn math in a 100 degree room." — Bob Grove
- "Almost all butler county schools have been torn down and replaced." — Wayne Cummins
In the last decade — thanks in large part to a state program that helps local districts pay for new schools if the local communities approve tax bond issues — most of Butler County’s oldest schools have been replaced.
Central Elementary was the second oldest school in the county. Verity Middle School in Middletown is the oldest.
When Central was opened in 1929 it was hailed as the area’s most modern “rural” school, long before the sprawling city of Fairfield began to grow around its Route 4 campus.
Next on the demolition block for Fairfield is the adjacent Fairfield Freshman School.
The two schools are being leveled as Fairfield prepares to open three new schools in September.
Gina Gentry-Fletcher, spokeswoman for Fairfield City Schools, said the outpouring of emotion about Central, which at one time served as Fairfield’s high school, was not surprising.
A small crowd gathered Monday to watch the beginning of demolition.
“We estimate that about 100 showed up to witness the beginning stages of the end of a building that has served the educational needs of so many children in kindergarten through 12th grade during its 88-year span,” said Gentry-Fletcher.