SCHOOL PATROL: New elementary school in Cleveland welcomes students on first day
Monday morning Cleveland City School students went back to school. The city went nearly 30 years without adding a new school building.
Within the last few years, overcrowding became an issue for some schools in the district. Now officials are hoping this new building will eliminate that problem.
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A red carpet and a dozen smiling faces greeted these students on the first day of school.
Kathy Hill whose children have been a part of Cleveland City Schools for years, took a moment to reflect on the past.
“It was tight,” said Kathy Hill. “It was tight.”
After more than a year of construction, now the staff is preparing for 450 students at Candy's Creek Cherokee Elementary this year.
The city council provided $16-million to build the new school.
Now that the project is complete, you could feel and hear the excitement as music filled the halls and the parking lot.
“This is such a great big school, and it's a good addition to Cleveland,” said Hill.
The capacity for the building is just more than 500, but if necessary the building can hold more people.
Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer says the common areas like the bathrooms, cafeteria, and gym can accommodate 700 today.
He explains if they see an influx of students they can add onto the building.
“The classroom wings which are on the back of the building and you can't see those from the front,” said Dyer. “Those can expand, and we can add two classrooms per hallway.”
One member of the parent-teacher association says parents are going to work hard to make sure students, and teachers are getting the best.
“We are working on raising money to supplement the library, additional playground equipment is needed and basic supplies,” said Hill. “So, we have our work cut out for us.”
To prepare for the big debut, Principal Lisa Earby has been in the building since March to ensure students are in good hands.
“We will take great care of those babies,” said Earby. “They are our babies to as of today. We are looking forward to having them and just be patient with the traffic.”