By Ken Hawkins via Wikimedia Commons

We know people are prone to flock to the newest restaurant to open up. In New Orleans, we also know people tend to pack an old favorite that's closing down. They want one last visit.

It can be memorable. It can be profitable for a business on the way out. And I wonder why sometimes people never get a chance to do it. Recent experience around New Orleans shows this phase of a restaurant’s life needs more attention.

GRETNA, La. (AP) — School administrators in Jefferson Parish say more than 2,500 students will be directly affected by the decision this week to close seven public school campuses.

Those students will shift among 27 campuses, The Times-Picayune reports.

The decision means next week, with the conclusion of the 2011-12 school year, the seven Jefferson schools will adjourn for the last time.