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ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) – The start of school is right around the corner, and one new school district wants to make sure everything is perfect when the students arrive.
Alabaster will operate on its own for the first time since separating from Shelby County Schools.
Teachers in the new Alabaster City School system are getting some homework of their own during orientation at the University of Montevallo.
Meanwhile, Thompson Intermediate School is getting a new roof.
There’s now a concrete and pavement pathway to the bus line behind Thompson High School, where there used to be mud. Hopefully, that will mean fewer muddy feet stepping onto and off of the buses.
Inside the high school there’s new tile, fresh paint, a new ceiling and carpet that has been in some classrooms for a quarter of a century is finally being replaced.
With all the work underway to give the older facilities a new look, first-year teacher Candice Chenault is hoping all the energy will carry over into the classroom.
“I was in the front office the other day waiting on a couple of things before I went back to the classroom and there was a mom and a daughter getting registered. Of course this is at Thompson Intermediate, they’re’ doing the same thing. Floors are being taken care of, paint’s everywhere, you’ve got to step over somebody doing some great work to get to the next place that you need to be and the young lady said ‘doesn’t this look awesome?’ And there was total enthusiasm which will parlay into pride, which will make an effect in the classroom and hopefully in that little girl’s mind it will help her have more school pride, but have more pride in herself,” said Chenault.
The new superintendent, Wayne Vickers, is expecting about 1650 students to show up for the start of school on August 19th.
“And we are ready for them. We have worked very hard this summer. We have got a great staff of administrators and teachers. We’ve done a lot of things to make this school year very special for Alabaster,” said Supt. Vickers.
There’s also a project across the street from Thompson High School. The gravel parking lot will be paved but, it probably won’t be finished when school starts.
Transportation workers have also been busy rebranding Shelby County School buses for Alabaster City Schools. Parents who need to know where their children can catch the bus can go online to see the routes.