(FORSYTH COUNTY, GA) The start of a new school year is always exciting, but some students have a special reason to be enthusiastic this year. They will be the first class to attend Forsyth County's newest elementary school, New Hope Elementary. Located at 4810 Castleberry Road, New Hope Elementary is the county’s twenty-third elementary school.
The school hosted a Grand Opening Ceremony on July 23 to show off the new building. It was standing room only in the brand new auditorium as Dr. Jeff Bearden, Forsyth County Schools Superintendent, and Richard Woods, School Superintendent from the Georgia Department of Education, welcomed everyone. Wes McCall, Chairperson of Forsyth County Schools Board of Education,spoke to the crowd and emphasized the importance of New Hope to the surrounding neighborhoods.
“Our schools are the hubs of our communities,” McCall said. “This school will be the foundation and the hub of this community.”
The president of Bowen and Watson Construction, the firm responsible for the construction of New Hope, also addressed the crowd. Several children in attendance proudly wore plastic yellow construction helmets bearing the company’s name.
Finally, the principal of New Hope Elementary, Laura Webb, greeted her future staff and students. Webb, who previously served as the principal of Big Creek Elementary, spoke enthusiastically about her hopes for the new school. She shared with the crowd that New Hope was named in part to honor an African-American school from Forsyth County’s past, and emphasized that this school would be welcoming to all students.
“This experience has been nothing short of incredible,” said Webb.
After the opening remarks, everyone moved outside and took their place around the school’s flagpole as members of VFW Post 9143 raised the American flag for the first time. Laasya Kuchimanchi, a student at Vickery Creek Middle School, sang the National Anthem just before the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Future New Hope Nighthawks and their families also had the opportunity to tour the new school.
Jeanelle Blackman and her son, Micah, watched the proceedings with excitement. Micah will be a 5th grader at New Hope Elementary this year.
“He’s coming from the county’s oldest elementary school, Midway, and getting to attend the newest,” said Blackman with a smile.
“Part of the first graduating class,” proudly added Micah’s father, Michael Blackman.
“I’m excited,” shared Micah.
To help New Hope students prepare for the new school year, pre-K and specialized instruction students will attend an open house on Monday, August 1. Rising 1-5th grade students will have an open house the following day, Tuesday, August 2.
Parents – or anyone who needs to drive by the new school as part of their commute – take note that New Hope Elementary will begin school at 7:40 am and release at 2:20 pm. On early release days, New Hope will let out at 11:50 am.
School starts this year in Forsyth County on Thursday, August 4. Friday, July 29 is the last day for new student registration to be ready for the first day. The Forsyth County School system serves 53,501 students and has grown 43% over the past decade, making it the fifth largest district in Georgia. Students in Forsyth County schools also reflect the County’s growing diversity, representing 129 different country backgrounds and speaking 64 languages.
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