By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

Students of Meadows Elementary climbed on the yellow buses that would take them from the school to their homes for the last time on Thursday.

The Killeen Independent School District will open a new Meadows Elementary next school year.

"It (the move to the new building) invokes mixed emotions," said Karol Carlisle, assistant principal of Meadows Elementary.

The old Meadows building has been used since 1953 and has served Fort Hood children as a high school and elementary school since it first opened it doors, said Virginia Richardson, a teacher who has worked in the building for 39 years.

"This was my first assignment out of college," she said.

Richardson has collected a lot of history that has gone through the school, including pictures of every year the school has been in existence. She can remember teaching some of her colleagues, such as Carlos Quinones, the Meadows physical education teacher.

Quinones attended the school from 1970 to 1976 back when elementary had first through sixth grades. He has taught at Meadows for the last 10 years.

"I was here when floors were green," he said. "The school had no AC (air conditioning) and we relied on the windows to keep us cool."

Quinones said that he did not want to see the school go, because it has many great memories for him.

"I kept up with all of these people when I ran track for Killeen High School, and coming back was like coming back to family," Quinones said.

Many employees were excited about getting a new state-of-the art facility.

"Sometimes change can be good, and I think everybody is due for a good change," Quinones said.

Richardson was happy that the new building is going to keep the same name as the old school. She hopes the history of Meadows will move with it.

"I am sure the new school will open up to just as much memories," Richardson said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or call (254) 501-7754

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