The Appoquinimink School District has opened the state’s two newest schools.
On Aug. 22, a dedication ceremony was held for the Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center and on Aug. 23, the ribbon was cut for the Old State Elementary School.
Both buildings are on the district’s new Fairview Campus in Townsend off of Old State Road.
“We have two amazing, beautiful schools,” said co-principal of Fairview Campus Renee Nolan.
Nolan and Don Davis will serve as co-principals of the new campus.
“There will not be another campus like this in the state,” said Matt Burrows, the district’s superintendent.
Spring Meadow is the district’s fourth early childhood center, but it has special features, including a break out area in each classroom for one-on-one instruction, smart boards and bay windows to give a connection to the outdoors for story time.
The 30,000 square foot building can hold up to 330 students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.
At the dedication ceremony Aug. 22, some of Appoquinimink’s youngest students touted in colorful backpacks for what doubled as a “Meet the Teacher” night.
Some appeared shy, but others were already running around, anxious to meet the other kids.
Kaitlynne Simmons and Sophia Nichols, both 4, explored their pre-k classroom with their parents and new teachers looking on.
The smart board was pulled down and the LCD projector was turned on and the kids played at the keyboards of the classroom’s computer.
Five-year-old Megan Duke, who carried a pink and purple backpack with a picture of a kitten on it, said that she was excited to start kindergarten.
Next door to the early childhood center is the district’s other new school, the 91,000-square-foot Old State Elementary School.
Both are on the Fairview Campus and within walking distance of each other.
The ribbon commemorating Old State Elementary School’s opening was cut Thursday.
Old State is the district’s seventh elementary school.
The school includes 35 classrooms and can hold 840-students between grades 1 and 5.
The two-story building was designed to mimic the architectural style of the historic houses of Odessa, said the district’s public information officer Lilian Miles.
The classrooms are organized by grade level around five common areas, which feature a bank of computer stations, instructional space, “Story Steps” and a workroom, Miles said.
There are more than 149 students enrolled at Spring Meadow and more than 701 at Old State as of Friday.
Miles said that both schools are still getting last minute sign ups.
Both schools are equipped with smart boards and LCD projectors in each classroom, media distribution and retrieval systems, wireless networking and occupancy sensors of lighting control.
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