The Thompson School District will be shutting down Mary Blair Elementary and Monroe Elementary; they've announced what they plan on doing with those schools.

I grew up in Loveland, having attended Lincoln Elementary, Conrad Ball (Jr. High) and Loveland High; so, I've been curious about this whole thing. In June, 2021, they announced that Conrad Ball would be expanding, while two nearby elementariness would be folding.

The students from Mary Blair and Monroe will be going to the new Conrad Ball PK-8. 'PK-8' just doesn't sound 'fun,' to me. It reminds me of those schools out east: 'PS-184.'

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH CONRAD BALL?

'Con Ball' as it's affectionately known, is going to become a PreK-8 school with the two elementary schools' students coming in. Which will seem weird to people who've known it as 'Conrad Ball Middle School' for so long, much like how I knew it as 'Conrad Ball Junior High' for so long.

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH MARY BLAIR ELEMENTARY?

Mary Blair's students will move over into the 'new' Con Ball, which is fairly convenient as it's so close to Con Ball, and according to the Reporter-Herald, the building will become 'something else' for the school district. Perhaps a new sort of library?

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH MONROE ELEMENTARY?

This one may hurt; they plan on just selling that building off. But, that's whole area is so 'business-focused' these days, it does make sense to get it off of the school district's property list. They'll probably get a great price, too. It's a super location. The students will be attending the 'new' Con Ball.

WHAT ABOUT THE MASCOTS?

Still no word on what they plan to do with the three mascots: Conrad Ball Thunderbirds,  Mary Blair Bobcats, and Monroe Mustangs; will they all just be Thunderbirds? Or will they come up with a brand new mascot? The 'Hydras?' See what I did there: A three-headed animal, a 'hydra.'

The new Conrad Ball will have its first students with the 2023-2024 school year. Get more on the upcoming changes from the Reporter-Herald HERE.

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