by Lisa Tome
In the words of student Hunter Nickle, "You've been good, Mr. Erbe."
With those words, an era ended.
After 50 years, the doors closed to students at the Cecil School of Technology, formerly known as Cecil Vo-Tech, on Tuesday, June 9.
It was also the end of a 39-year career for the school's principal, Lew Erbe. Erbe accepted hugs and handshakes from students and also patrolled the parking lot to ensure students departed aboard their buses safely for the last time.
Erbe has worked for the school system as a teacher, athletic director, and administrator, leading CCST for the last decade.
"The best 10 years of my life were being in this building," said Erbe.
He also said that moving to a new, larger, more modern building will give "more kids the opportunity to make their life better."
After the equipment is moved to the new building, the Bay View site will be used for storage and as office space for the school system's transportation and nutrition departments.
David Dollenger, a current assistant principal at Perryville High School, will serve as principal at the new School of Technology on Appleton Road, Elkton. That school will open in the fall and will be formally dedicated in September.
The students that will attend the school this fall, are those that are wrapping up the second half of of their vocational education.
Beginning in January 2016, new courses will be rolled out in addition to the existing classes. Those new courses include CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education), Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Interactive Media Productions, and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant.
The projected enrollment in January 2016 will be 400-420 students at the school. The eventual goal is to add more programs and to have 500-580 students at the new site.