LOOK INSIDE: Chastang-Fournier K-8 School opens this week
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
It's at least six months behind schedule, but school officials say the brand new Chastang-Fournier K-8 school will open Tuesday.
It's a multi-million dollar addition to the Trinity Gardens neighborhood.
And the two-story building is a night and day comparison to the two schools it is replacing.
It's also one of only two K-8 schools in all of Mobile County.
But from the outside, it doesn't exactly look like a school set to open Tuesday.
"There's still some work going on in the exterior and we still have landscaping and that will continue. But our priority over the last few days and weeks has been getting the inside ready," said MCPSS spokesperson Rena Philips.
And officials say they are ready. Tuesday morning more than 600 kids in pre-k through 8th grade will file into Chastang-Fournier, a brand new school that's been under construction for the past two years.
"This is a $16-million investment, a 98,000 square foot building and it's just beautiful," said Philips.
On Monday we spotted workers setting up laptop computers for the students and teachers decorating their classrooms.
"Just to walk in classrooms with vibrant colors, it makes you excited to be here for the new year," said Chanel Taylor, a 4th grade teacher at Chastang.
The school will combine students from Brazier Elementary and the old Chastang Middle School next door. 6th through 8th graders will stay upstairs while elementary school kids' classrooms are downstairs.
"Actually the community wanted this, they wanted our students together and to be honest I think it will be great. We're also looking at a reading mentoring program with 6th, 7th, 8th graders, where they'll be able to go back, and read to maybe that little brother, little sister in their classroom," said Principal Bernard Everett.
In 4 weeks officials will demolish Chastang Middle and convert the area into athletic fields.
It's a long awaited upgrade for students.
The old middle school was built in the 1960's.
Officials blame rain delays on construction of the new school being behind schedule.
But they say this will be the 6th new school to open in Mobile County in just the past four years.