Florence students head back to class

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A big change for the first day of school as some students in Florence School District One are learning in the biggest elementary school ever constructed in the City of Florence.

The new North Vista Elementary can hold up to 12,000 students.

The school is so large that in addition to housing kindergarten through sixth grade, two additional programs will be housed inside the new building.

Monday was back to school for kids across the Pee Dee.

"I really don't know where my classrooms are or anything, so I'm a little confused," Kelsey Braswell, a North Vista student, said.

Some students like Kelsey Braswell are starting school in the new North Vista Elementary.

"The preparation was very exciting - the teachers received their desks and student furniture," Sharon Dixon, Principal North Vista Elementary School, said.

Teachers and students at the school will use state of-the-art technology to create a more stimulating environment.

No other school in the nation has commercial-grade, high-definition Smart boards, school representatives said.

"When she showed me the new screen they're going to be working on, I was happy. I was real happy because that's something the school needs," Sandra Brown said. Brown attended the old North Vista School more than 40 years ago.

That building was slowly knocked down over the summer to make way for this new $15 million building.

While the inside of the new school is complete, the front parking lot and landscaping areas are still under construction.

Those are slated to be finished near the end of the year. Until then, students will be picked up and dropped off in the back parking lot of the school.

This is the fourth school, built and paid for, within four years in Florence School District One.
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Early next year the district will finish building the new Royall Elementary School across town.

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