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Students, parents among first to tour new Waveland Elementary


By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - It's kindergarten registration time in the Bay-Waveland School District this week, and it's hard to tell who's more excited, the children or the teachers?

"I'm very excited, can't wait," said Waveland Elementary teacher Cindy Hornosky.

This year's event is especially significant, because the four and five-year-olds will be part of the first kindergarten class at the new Waveland Elementary School.

"We are so excited. We have 27 cubbies," said Waveland Elementary Principal Dr. Frances Weiler, as she showed off the classrooms. 

There's a reason why Weiler wanted to hold registration on the new campus.

"What a better way to get parents in than the enticement of seeing the building for the very first time with their kindergarten students," she said. "Seeing our school totally destroyed and having to be demolished after Katrina, being in trailers since then, it's certainly nice to have this wonderful, gorgeous building now."

"I like the bikes on the playground and the school and the toys in our room," said five-year-old Martin Miller, after a quick tour of the building.

When asked if he was looking forward to going to school, he smiled and nodded.

The school will also house first and second graders. For the students and teachers, the spacious, new campus is a welcome change.

"It's going to be interesting to see how the children walk in hallways, because they've never walked in a hallway," said Hornosky. "Oh! And a gym! We've never had a gym. The kids have been outside or cramped in a room, so our facilities are going to be absolutely wonderful."

The next date that everyone is looking forward to is May 25. That's when the teachers will get to move all their books and other belongings out of the trailers and into the brand, new building.

"I'm ready to get out of the trailers. Five years has been a long, long time," said Hornosky. "I think the teachers are probably much more thrilled than the kids."

The first day of class at the new Waveland Elementary is August 5. The new North Bay Elementary School on Pine Street is also scheduled to open in August. That school is for third through fifth graders.

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