New school year marks new beginning for West ISD

Posted at 12:29 PM, Aug 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-26 17:53:18-04

Most kids in our area are back in class. But the new school year truly marks a new beginning for one district.  Aside from the elementary students, all West ISD kids are on a single campus.

High school student Magen Sepeda says, "Yeah, it's kind of crazy. We were driving around last night looking at everything and seeing where everything is going to be and it's just totally different. I mean, it's going to be a completely different experience."

Her sister Erin adds, "It's going to be different, but you just have to go with the changes."

Going with the flow. Adapting to change. Making the most of a tough situation. Students and teachers have stepped up and accepted the challenge.

High school teacher Richard Phillips says, "So far, it's organized chaos. We're still trying to figure out parking and pick up and drop off because it's so much different than it has been in the past, but we're ready to get going again."

And the students are too.  They showed up in droves, with smiles on their faces, eager to learn, thankful to even have classrooms.  It's a rewarding sight for teachers and staff.

Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford says, "We're excited to have our kids show up because, as educators, that's what it's all about. And it's been a lot of work for the adults over the summer, but today's the first day for kids and we're so excited.

Phillips says, "We're ready to see our kids and it's exciting to be starting the new school year again. It's a little different, but we'll get by and we'll get through it and we're ready to go."

Even though students had faith in their teachers, they know it took a whole lot of work to make this day a reality.

Magen says, "I knew they could pull it off, but after everything you saw, I don't know.  It's crazy."

Even though students and teachers are back in class, the campus is still under a bit of construction. That's expected to be completed by the end of September.