Final bell rings for elementary schools

Longtime teacher Laura Caillouet-Weiner reflects on more than 40 years at Jefferson Elementary, while newer faculty members look forward to moving to a new Iola Elementary School. Iola's three elementary schools — McKinley, Lincoln and Jefferson — dismissed on Thursday for the final time.



May 20, 2022 - 4:34 PM

Students wait for the bus at the end of the school day on Thursday at Jefferson Elementary School. Not only was it the last day of school for this year, but it’s the end of an era for Iola’s three elementary schools. They will be closed permanently when the district opens the new Iola Elementary School next fall. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

Laura Caillouet-Weiner got a little emotional on the last day of school.

After more than 40 years, she’s saying goodbye to Jefferson Elementary School. 

She’ll keep teaching, but next year she’ll be moving to the new Iola Elementary School.

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