The old Buffalo Elementary School gymnasium was full last Wednesday, with people wanting to show their support for the remodeling of the old Buffalo Elementary School to 19 apartments.
Johan Graham, Director of Development for AU Associates, who oversaw the project, said their goal was to build “something that would be a lasting memory.” Graham said that without the assistance of several local agencies and individuals, the project would have not been possible.
According to Graham the project was finished about a month ahead of schedule by utilizing their own construction team, rather than third party contractors. Graham said the Buffalo Elementary Apartment project was the first where AU Associates did not hire third party contractors and he was “happy with the results.”
Former BES Principal Glen Rice was emotional as he spoke of memories of the school.
Rice told the story of former students, from the graduating classes of the ’40s and ’50s, driving by to revisit the school and asking if they could see the building “one more time.” Rice thanked those people saying, “You have kept this community alive for what you have done.”
LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders and LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner agreed they were happy with the outcome.
Turner said that he is “so thankful that everything came together and fit in this community.” Sanders said that although he never attended Buffalo Elementary School, he knew the community well and knew that this project would be a good thing.
Former schoolteachers and students, that either taught or attended school at Buffalo Elementary, were asked to stand. The ages varied from current Abraham Lincoln Elementary students, to elderly attendees. All had one thing in common. They each have memories of the old Buffalo Elementary School.