MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile County Public Schools is hosting a dedication of the new Whitley Elementary in Prichard Sunday at 2 p.m.
The new school built with $10.5 million in federal stimulus funds – opened to its students on Oct. 14. It was built adjacent to the former Whitley Elementary and fronts Meaher Avenue.
Whitley serves about 385 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The school has brightly tiled hallways accented in the school colors of red and blue. While the old school had one room that doubled as both a cafeteria and gymnasium, the new school has separate facilities and a modern, industrial kitchen.
Whitley is one of the first schools in the state built under a new requirement that a portion of the campus be designated as a
tornado shelter. The media center (library) and surrounding
hallway and restroom facilities have walls that can sustain 200-mile-per-hour winds.
“Our students are in a beautiful place,” said Whitley Principal JaaDaa Holcombe. “They’re in a safe place, a wonderful place.”
To view pictures of students on their first day at Whitley, log on to the Mobile County Public Schools Facebook page.
The original Whitley, built in the 1960’s, is currently in the demolition process.
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