Beaufort County students begin classes in new schools

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) - Beaufort County students headed back to school on Monday.

For some students it was their first day at one of three new schools that are opening in the county.

"It's a new school," said bright eyed second-grader student Emma McCarl.

She was one of nearly 500 students who walked into the new Pritchardville Elementary school in awe.

"It's cool and it's exciting to be at a new school," said fifth-grader Bryan Violette.

Pritchardville is one of three new schools that opened it's doors to its first student body.

"I think the fact that it is brand new is exciting for everybody," said parent English Esway. "A lot of the teachers transferred over from Bluffton Elementary, that is exciting because my kids see familiar faces their friends are with them from our neighborhood."

"These schools have almost eliminated the mobiles in Bluffton schools," said Beufort County Superintendent Valerie Truesdale. "The schools will be able to have all students inside the classrooms."

"This is a great opportunity for children to meet new friends and teachers," said Parent Tracy Violette. "The school looks fabulous."

Principal Charles Johnson arrived early to prepare the school for the first day of classes.

He said he is most proud about the new technology the school has to offer.

"Every one of our classroom equipped with a smart board, so we are technology savvy," said Principal Johnson. "Once you go into a room there are sensors and the lights cut on, and once you leave they cut off. We wanted to conserve energy, because we are a green school."

A lot of planning went into preparing for the first day of school and parents were happy to be a part of the process.

"Getting our feedback allowed us to participate in choosing school uniform colors and also the school mascot; which is sea turtle, which we are excited about," said parent Jennifer Morrow.

Donning new uniforms, backpacks and haircuts, students were ready to start their first day.

"I made my hair kinda curly," McCarl said. "I got my backpack and my supplies and I am getting ready to meet new friends."

Jasper County students also returned to school on Monday.

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