Cork and Austinburg elementary students will get a sneak peek at their new school buildings on Thursday as the teachers and administrators open the doors of their new digs.
“The new building is just beautiful,” Austinburg Elementary Principal Kaye Haskins said. “We are very excited to show it to the kids.”
Haskins said the district did not send out notices to parents regarding the beginning of the school year as a money saving measure.
“Mailings are expensive and we are conserving funds wherever and whenever we can,” she said. “I encourage parents to check the district website frequently for information.”
The website (www.genevaschools.org) has class supply lists, pick up and drop off procedures and other back-to-school information. The district will post class lists on the individual school websites and on the front door of the school buildings on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., including homeroom assignments for middle school students.
Classes resume for Geneva students on Aug. 29.
Haskins said the teachers are marveling at their new classrooms, but she thinks the students will be most excited about the cafeteria, gymnasium and the playground.
“The kids will want to see that playground first,” she said. “The cafeteria has wonderful, big windows that look out over the woods to the back, and the gym is nice and bright. The whole building is bright with a lot of natural light and a lot of very eye-appealing colors.”
Both schools will hold open houses Thursday. Austinburg Elementary students in kindergarten through second grade and the developmentally disabled students will tour the building from 5 to 6 p.m. Third through fifth grades will meet their teachers from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cork students will tour their new facility on the same night. Students in kindergarten through second grade will tour the building from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Third through sixth grades will meet their teachers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Demolition and cleanup of the old Cork building is still under way and new parking lots are planned for the new building.