“How cool is that?” he asked.
The 2017-2018 school year is “one of the most anticipated” school years in the history of Fairfield Schools, Smith told the crowd. “We are truly blessed to have a community that supports its schools as well as Fairfield and Fairfield Township supports education.”
Students will see three new schools: Central and Compass Elementary and Fairfield Freshman School.
Fairfield is the last area school district to begin the new school year as to allow for extra time to complete work on the new schools.
The schools’ openings are the culmination of years of planning and repeated attempts to win taxpayer approval to help fund the $80 million projects, which also received state financing.
Fairfield voters passed a $61 million bond issue in 2014 for construction of the schools and state funds are paying the other $19 million for the buildings.
It’s been a busier summer than usual for Fairfield teachers and non-teaching staffers as hundreds of them scrambled to move into the recently completed new schools. The summer break also saw the demolition of the two oldest schools: Central Elementary and the adjacent Fairfield Freshman school.
Gina Gentry-Fletcher, spokeswoman for the school system, said the opening day staff meeting is a long-standing tradition.
“It is a great way to bring our staff and community together to start off the new school year and the theme this year is ‘Best Year Ever,’ which celebrates our historic start in three new buildings and a reconfigured school system that will provide so many great opportunities for students,” said Gentry-Fletcher. “This year’s event was a huge success.”
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