Legacy Elem. Will Reduce Overcrowding at Other Schools
A new elementary school opens in Marion County next month, despite a school system budget situation described as dire.
The teaching positions for Legacy Elementary are already included in the regular budget from last year.
Most of the teachers will transfer from two other schools.
Both in which were overpopulated, but that will soon change when Legacy opens its doors.
Seven- year- old Zachary Sullivan is headed to the second grade.
Last year he went to Belleview Santos Elementary, but now he is zoned for the new school called Legacy Elementary.
"I think it's going to be super excited because it's a new school and there's new things," said Zachary.
The school has everything from new classrooms to shiny new desks to the latest technology.
"They'll have smart boards in their classrooms, so the classrooms will all be interactive. Computers for the students," said Dawn Prestipino who is the Prinicpal at Legacy Elementary School.
As well as projectors, laptops and a video room.
The large two story building will impact the students who attend, as well as those who don't.
"It will relieve a lot of over crowding. Specifically at Greenway Elementary and Belleview-Santos Elementary," said Kevin Christian who is the Public Relations Officer with Marion County Public Schools.
In June, 919 students were enrolled at Greenway Elementary and 752 students at Belleview-Santos Elementary.
This school year those numbers are significantly smaller.
Greenway is predicted to have 697 students, Belleview -Santos will have about 515 and Legacy will start with an estimated 573 students.
"We are planning on 26 classroom teachers and then we have our special area teachers like art, music, PE so it will be 30 something teachers here full-time," said Perstipino.
Opening up a new school, does not mean the district will hire a staff of brand new teachers.
Christian said most of the teaching positions already existed at other schools which were overcrowded.
"Those extra teachers were already there. They just transfer here now and the students transfer here as well," said Christian.
Zachary's parents said they were excited to hear their son's first grade teacher is one who will moving to Legacy.
"It will make it a lot easier. They'll be more comfortable and less stressed on the first day of school," said Joe Sullivan.
Christian said the school is already paid for by a half -cent sales tax that was approved back in 2004.
The only additional costs include principal and assistant principal positions, electricity and water.
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