Taylor, her twin brother, Michael, and their family visited Bainbridge last Wednesday evening, March 26, as the school gave students a sneak preview of their new school.
"I'm nervous because it will be something new," Michael said. "My sister will help support me."
Kaitlyn Mckenery toured the gymnasium with fellow fourth graders Cordellia Maxam and Asyah Brown.
"I'm scared a little because it's a different school," Mckenery said. "Coming here makes me a little more comfortable."
"It feels so unreal," Maxam said. "I'm so used to the same school and now I have to go to a different school. But I think I'll like it." Brown is also optimistic she'll enjoy her year at Bainbridge. "I already know a lot of people here," she said. "The teachers are nice."
On Wednesday evening, for the second time this year, students from the current Perryville Elementary were invited to tour both Bainbridge and Charlestown with their parents. Students are visisting those schools because Perryville will close at the end of this school year for two years to make way for a massive renovation.
Route 40 will be the dividing line in determining where students will go. Those who live in downtown and on the Perryville side of Route 40 will go to Charlestown. Those who live north of Route 40 will go to Bainbridge.
The construction will include site improvements such as areas separate for bus drop off and parent drop off (pedestrians). The school will have a new play area and more open areas. Major interior improvements for the $18.7 million renovation will include upgrades to the gym and administration area and a new courtyard and media center. There will also be a new kitchen and cafeteria, secure entrance, new bathrooms, and more.
The work in Perryville will mean that both Bainbridge and Charlestown will be over capacity by 80-100 students during the renovation. School officials promised that small class sizes, about 26 students, will be maintained. The staff from Perryville will go to both Bainbridge or Charlestown. The greatest distance for school buses due to the renovation will be six miles.
The new school will be 69,000 square feet versus the current 62,000 square feet. The current building capacity is 500 students. The new building will have space for 434 students.
Click HERE to read our original story on the renovation project.
Click HERE to read Cecil County Public Schools' explanation for the decison.