MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A new state-of-the-art elementary school in Prichard opens its doors Monday, October 14. FOX10 News got a preview before its official first day of school.
“It's bright, it's beautiful, it's attractive,” said Whitley Elementary School Principal Jaadaa Holcombe.
Holcombe has been with the Mobile County Public School System for fifteen years. Holcombe gave us a tour of the new school and showed off some of its highlights.
“So right now we're standing in our media center which also serves as our tornado shelter,” said Holcombe.
She showed us Whitley’s new commercial-grade kitchen, equipped with all new appliances.
“Before our food was brought in from another school,” said Holcombe.
She also took us outside to have a look at the old Whitley Elementary.
“The main building was built in 1960, so we were due for a new facility,” said Holcombe.
Holcombe said nearly 400 students formerly attending the old Whitley Elementary to enter the new $8.5 million school.
“We have 187 new computers total, Anywhere from four to six new student desktops in the classrooms, so technology we're good; Smart boards in every room. It's a wonderful facility,” said Holcombe.
The teachers are ready to welcome the students to their new classrooms.
“I have 25 students and I had to squeeze my chairs in here, I had twenty at first, but I got six more so now I have one for everyone,” said Mrs. Walker, a first-grade teacher at Whitley Elementary.
The school serves Prichard residents and several mobile neighborhoods.
Students will also see an updated library at Whitley elementary thanks to a five-thousand dollar grant awarded to them in June.
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