Monday marks yet another day of bittersweet goodbyes for Chicago Public School students, parents and teachers as 20 more schools close their doors for good at day's end.
Among the schools being shuttered in the district's historic single-wave of closures is Trumbull Elementary in Andersonville and other schools on the traditional “Track R” calendar, DNAinfo Chicago reports.
"[It] doesn't feel good," said 14-year-old Myles Kolama. "I wanted my little sister to finish here, too...Everybody on my mom's and dad's side of the family has gone to Trumbull."
One week prior, 28 schools rang the final bell for the last time, though some of the closures were marked with "occupy" movements and fierce protests from parents and the Chicago Teachers Union.
In the months leading up to the school board's vote on school closures, Trumbull was the site of many anti-closure protests as well; ABC Chicago notes the school's closure drew added attention from preservationists for the historic murals painted specifically for the school dating back to 1913.
Other schools closing Monday include Von Humboldt in Humboldt Park and Emmet Elementary in Austin.
The district approved the sweeping round of closures to close a purported $1 billion budget deficit. On Monday, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett recommended hiring 19 vendors who would then hire 600 Safe Passage workers to ensure student safety to and from the welcoming schools, according to CBS Chicago.
Meanwhile, schools that will remain open are feeling pain in the form of deep budget cuts. According to Catalyst Chicago, Raise Your Hand — a coalition of public school parents and teachers — is compiling a school-by-school list of budget cuts, based on reports by Local School Councils; the current total of cuts is estimated to be around $71 million.