Montana Magnet School parents and alumni say goodbye at farewell reception

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - After nearly 20 years of developing Dothan’s best and brightest, Montana Magnet School, will be closing its doors.

The faculty held a farewell reception for parents and former students Sunday afternoon.

"Teachers do their part. Students do their part, parents and community,” said Montana Magnet School Principal Sue Clark. “When you put that together, then you have a successful school."

Sue Clark has been the principal at Montana Magnet School for 14 years.

Montana Magnet will be closing its doors at the end of the school year, as a part of Dothan City Schools’ restructuring plan.

Before Clark says good bye to the school she's spent more than a decade at, she wanted to spend a little time reminiscing with the Montana Magnet community.

"We just wanted to invite the parents to come and think of it in a positive manner, not to be sad, because we know we have planted the seeds so the kids will be successful in life,” said Clark.

So, the faculty invited parents and alumni for a farewell reception.

All of the school's year books were on display, as well as a slide show of pictures.

"It's a sweet little moment right now, very sentimental, just seeing the teachers and knowing the positivity they put into my child to help her through life,” said Former Montana Magnet Parent Trina McWilliams.

Principal Clark will be taking her talents to Girard Primary School next year, and hopes to build on everything she's been able to accomplish at Montana Magnet.

"I would like to thank all the students and parents in our community that have made Montana the success that they have been, and I don't want them to stop now, just because Montana is closing,” said Clark. “We still have students to educate, and we need to stay focused on doing that."

Montana Magnet hasn't closed just yet. There are still a few more weeks of school left.

It will hold “honor days" for each of the grade levels leading up to 5th grade graduation on May 22nd.

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