Seven Hills reopens as preschool

Seven Hills reopens as preschool

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - "My kids have all gone to that school."

91-year-old Dorothy Shifley Smithson has lived with Seven Hills school in her backyard for 60 years.

"It was a wonderful school. I mean they would come out and play in the schoolyard and I could watch them," she said.

But after the school closed first as an elementary school and then as an alternative school, she was worried it would be torn down and something else built in her backyard.

"I'm from Ohio County and we have schools in Ohio county that have closed," Charlotte Whittaker the board chair for Audubon Area said. " And they're just falling down, they're an eyesore in their community. This could have been one of those schools but it's not."

But thankfully Audubon Area and Owensboro Public Schools teamed up to create the second preschool in the district.

"Combining funding, and staff, and efforts- but mainly funding dreams," Whittaker said. "That's what makes partnerships so important."

Community members tell me they were impressed with the school which includes 11 classrooms, many with smart boards and built for the 3 and 4-year-olds who will attend.

"It's probably going to be their second home," Whittaker said. "I just can't imagine maybe a child that has not had a lot of toys and just things special for them to walk in here and see this mini classroom.....It's designed for our little folks."

And now Dorothy can enjoy watching kids play outside her backdoor once again.

"I love to watch children," Smithson said. "If they come out, I'll be out watching them play."

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