Wednesday marked the beginning of a new school year for students at Pineville Independent School and the first day as a consolidated school.
Teachers say students are not noticing the change and everything has gone smoothly so far.
“I don’t think we missed a beat. Kids, faculty and staff were energetic and excited to be back,” said Pineville psychology and social studies teacher Rheagan Redmond-Young.
Pineville consolidated their individual schools into one larger entity following a board meeting in June. Teachers believe this does not have an impact on students, but allows for streamlining for the school’s administration.
“I really think it hasn’t had much of an effect at all. It’s still the same school, same building. As far as administration in the central building it may have had an impact, but as far as what we’re doing in the school there really aren’t any changes that the students would experience,” said Pineville science teacher Justin Abbott.
A common concern when the consolidation was announced was the potential safety problems with different grade levels interacting throughout the school, but teachers believe this has not been an issue.
“They’ve worked everything out with student’s scheduling and there’s no cross-over with elementary, middle and high-schoolers so everything has pretty much stayed the same,” said Redmond-Young.
Pineville hosted their annual Back to School Bash earlier this week to get kids pumped up for the beginning of a new year. The event included free food, games and inflatables for the students.
“It was a big success and we had more students, parents and teachers there than we have in years past. It’s an indicator of how the year will go and how excited the students are to get back and be a part of the school system,” said Redmond-Young.
Students were also able to meet new teachers at the bash and receive information about the start of school.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.