Isaac Bermudez was a bit nervous about starting school in a week at the new Hull Prairie Intermediate School, until he got inside the new space.
“I like it, it’s pretty big,” the 10-year-old fifth grade student said during his orientation day. “I’ll get the gist of where everything’s at.”
He will be part of the new intermediate school’s first class of fifth- and sixth-grade students, marking a shift to a new system for the rapidly growing district.
“What you’re seeing now is basically a culmination of four years of work by various people,” Hull Prairie Intermediate Principal Scott Best said. “Last year the construction process started and now we’re almost there.”
Construction is just about finished, with a few finishing touches both in and outside of the $29 million, 135,000-square-foot building left to complete.
Tuesday and Wednesday were the first time full groups of families could see their new school.
“It’s great having parents and kids coming into the building now after a year of the construction process,” Mr. Best said.
He has been heavily involved in the construction process, answering the detailed questions that came from the crews on the site.
“I was out here three, four, five times minimum a week,” he said. “It feels like my building. Everything is very personal here.”
Tiffany Morris just moved to the district a month ago, and brought her son, Elijah, to see his new school. She has some fears that parts of the building were still under construction, but is still excited for the year to begin.
“Its really nice,” she said. “It’s new and fresh and I think he’ll enjoy it.”
About 830 students are expected Aug. 17, when both grades come together for their first full school day. About 75 percent of those students are in band, orchestra, or choir.
“Its the first time fifth grade has had the opportunity for band or choir,” Joel Hamilton, a Perrysburg choir teacher, said. He will be teaching at both the new intermediate school and at Perrysburg Junior High School.
Hull Prairie Intermediate has individual rooms set aside for the performing arts classes, which Mr. Best said gives the district more scheduling flexibility and the ability to share music teachers across two schools.
“The rooms will pay for themselves in three years,” he said.
The fifth grade students starting at Hull Prairie are the first to leave elementary school after fourth grade. That made Julie Bermudez, Isaac’s mom, a bit wary.
“I’m nervous,” she said. “It’s a little overwhelming. I probably will worry until the day I drop him off and I’ll still be worried.”
But the size does not intimidate Isaac.
“I feel pretty good,” he said. “If there’s a bigger school, and more students, I can make more friends.”
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