Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
New Era For Elmira City School District
Written By: Asha McKenzie
ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - The monument to honor the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy and Elmira Free Academy graduate, Ernie Davis will be moving across town.
The Elmira City School Board voted in favor to uproot the statue from the former Ernie Davis Middle School... And now its new home will be at the Ernie Davis Academy.
As middle and high school students head back to class next week, they will be stepping into a new era.
All week students got a chance to tour the new Elmira High School, the Ernie Davis Academy and Broadway Academy to get a first hand look at the changes.
And students may notice a train conductor in the halls, that because it's Elmira Express' new mascot that also comes with a new alma mater.
So as these big changes come to the district, the school board has outlined a new mission statement.
"That commitment to providing an educational opportunity for our students that is preparing them for a future and preparing them to be career and college ready," said Elmira City School District Superintendent Hillary Austin.
"And I know that a lot of my classmates are also really excited that we get to be the first class, we get to be the class that makes history," said Micah Coons, Elmira High School, Senior.
Students from both Southside High School and Elmira Free Academy plan to carry some of the old tradition into the new high school.
The first day of class is next week Wednesday but 9th graders start on Thursday.