ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — Students in northwest Florida go back to class today. It’s a big day in Escambia County Florida as well. Its opening day at a new elementary school.
Kingsfield Elementary School opens this morning it sits right next to Ransom Middle School. People seem eager for the start of school. When you’re talking about a new facility there is a special energy in the air.
“All is quiet before the storm,” read a post on the Kingsfield Elementary School Facebook page. “Teachers never rest though. Still perfecting routines and procedures in their minds and probably won’t sleep a wink, just like the kids.”
Another great reminder for today is to be cautious of school zones as you are driving. Last week we reported that Mobile Police issued 142 school zone citations on the first day of class in Mobile County. That’s on top of the school bus camera program introduced nearly two years ago. Those tickets can be expensive as well. Most of the Mobile County School bus fleet was expected to have been outfitted with camera systems by now.
As the kids filtered in for the first day there was a special energy in the air. We spoke to some of the 600 kids that will be attending classes at Kingsfield for the first time today.
“Like I love school and it’s exciting meeting new friends,” said 4th Grader Cheyenne. The new school boasts state-of-the-art facilities like a STEM lab but administrators say it’s the bond between families and faculty that will really make this school work.
“I think what will make it stand out the most will be the faculty and the staff and the students and the relationships because you can have a school with lots of things but the relationships will be a lot of what drives what goes on here,” said Principal Sabrena Cunningham. In addition to new classrooms and faces, there’s also more space. The new school has a double driveway system that’s adjacent to Ransom Middle School. Administrators say they were getting complaints from surrounding homeowners that traffic problems from the school spilled into nearby developments. The new traffic flow is meant to alleviate that concern.
“We’ve got plenty of land, why not try to create a solution for a problem that had existed in the neighborhood,” said Escambia County Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas.