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Elementary Schools welcome students back for open houses

Posted: August 9, 2017 - 1:50am
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Parents and students take photos with the Grovetown Elementary School mascot in the lobby of the new school during the first open house last Thursday after the building dedication ceremony.
Parents and students take photos with the Grovetown Elementary School mascot in the lobby of the new school during the first open house last Thursday after the building dedication ceremony.

The new Grovetown Elementary School was dedicated to parents and students during a ribbon cutting ceremony before the school's first open house.

Parents, students, faculty, staff and community leaders and others packed the school's new lunchroom and auditorium Thursday before the school's first open house.

The school was one of two schools opened to students this year, with Harlem Middle School being the second.

Grovetown Elementary School was opened on budget and on time, according to schools superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway, who noted the crews that made the building possible.

"Thank you so much for all of the sleepless nights, the seven day workweeks and the total commitment to excellence that made this building happen," Carraway said to the construction and architectural crews.

After the building dedication, students and parents were free to walk the hallways and visit their new classrooms and teachers.

Grovetown City Council member and former longtime mayor Dennis Trudeau said after the dedication that "it's a great day for Grovetown."

Trudeau, who was instrumental in the establishment and building of Grovetown High School, said that the new elementary school building was "$19 million well spent."

In Third grade teacher Andrea Lepine's classroom was Grovetown city councilman Eric Blair with his wife Catherine and his son Max, who will attend the school.

Eric and Catherine Blair said they were impressed with the new school's technology building in the media center.

Eric Blair said the school was a sign of the constant growth in Columbia County.

"It shows that Grovetown is continuing to grow," Eric Blair said. "It goes for the entirety of Columbia County. People are drawn here because of the schools and I am excited to see it. I think they had a wonderful ribbon cutting ceremony. It was great to see everybody."

Lepine, who was new to the school from River Ridge Elementary was also excited for the new classroom.

"We are very excited about the new school. It's a beautiful building, they've done a lot to support us and we are very excited to start the school year," Lepine said. "I wanted to come here and I am very excited to be a part of this new family."

The excitement was also in the air at Baker Place Elementary's open house.

The school's principal Leeann Fleischauer said that the school is expecting a reduction in students this year after rezoning.

"We are starting out with a little less children, we are about 870-890 right now, so it's down from last year, we had about 1,182 students, so it's kind of nice to be a little bit smaller," Fleischauer said during open house Thursday.

The hallways and classrooms of the school were bustling with students holding their frozen ice treats while parents talked with teachers and students explored their new classrooms.

"It's been a great turnout," Fleischauer said of the open house. "We have seen a lot of new faces and old faces, past students. It's been a busy evening, but I think it's been going quite well."

 

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