Empty stairwell

December 18, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST
The central staircase of Field Elementary School is quiet and bare, as are many of the hallways, on Thursday evening. Teachers at the school have been clearing off the walls and packing up their classrooms in anticipation of the move to Alpha Hart Elementary School in time for classes to resume on Jan. 4. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.

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