With more than 120 years of history in the Mint Hill community, the new Bain Elementary School campus that opens to students Aug. 26 won’t mark the end of an era, but will be a continuation of rich tradition, said Principal John Legrand.
“We’re in a new facility, but we’re not a new school,” he said. “We don’t want to start over or begin again, but just continue our tradition of excellence.”
The new two-story, 82,000-square-foot facility has been under construction for more than a year across the parking lot of the school’s original campus. The facility will house about 800 students, including first through fifth grade, while the remaining estimated 150 kindergarten students will be housed in the newest wing of the school’s old campus.
With the new campus also means new technology. The new facility is equipped with wireless Internet and mounted projection systems in each classroom. The new campus also calls for new iPads – a set of 10 for each classroom, kindergarten through fifth-grade.
“Our whole staff and parents and community base are really excited about finally having something new because we’ve had the old building for a very long time. It’s good to not only have the new building, but to have all of the new technology that comes with it.”
Construction to the new facility is complete, while employees work to implement final cosmetic touches such as unpacking and hanging pictures and posters. Legrand said he’s confident the new facility will be a welcomed morale booster for not only the Bain staff, but students, as well, as the new facility will bring more excitement for the first day of school.
While the new school facility is complete, construction is still going on at the Bain campus and likely won’t be completed until January 2014 at the earliest. Demolition of the old school’s C Building is already under way in preparation to pave the way for the school’s new bus lot, which will include an entrance via the C Building space. Legrand said parents and Bain visitors should take caution over the next several months as the school’s main lot will house two drop off locations – one at both the new and old facility – and the school’s bus lot, which could cause “some significant traffic delays and logistical challenges,” Legrand said.
“Parents, pack your patience and strongly consider putting your child on the bus,” he said. “Buses will have priority because we have to keep them on schedule. I’m not sure what’s going to happen with the cars, yet.”
The school will host its annual open house Aug. 22, a Thursday, from 3 to 4 p.m. for kindergarteners and 4 to 6 p.m. for first through fifth grade. Kindergarteners wishing to see the new school facility can tour the school at 4 p.m.
The school is located at 11524 Bain School Road.